Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Arthungal St. Andrew's Basilica- Cherthala, Alleppey District,kerala

Arthungal village, lies very close to Cherthala town and this place is very famous for the holy Basilica which has Saint Andrew as its patron. But it is famous for the Feast of St. Sebastian which is conducted every year in January for about a week. 

St. Sebastian is considered to be guardian Saint of the village and thousands visit this church every year seeking the Saints blessings. People who are maimed, sick or going through difficulties visit the Basilica and find relief and solace at the feet of the saint.

During the Feast,  an idol of St. Sebastian is taken out in procession and thousands participate in the worship. Many devotees crawl on their knees or roll on the ground to express their gratitude to the Saint during the Feast for the favours they received.

There is an old church behind the main Basilica with excellent carvings and Altar.

Pilgrims from Sabarimala on their return trip visit this church to seek the blessings of the saint. 

In 1647 an of  idol St.Sebastian struck with arrows was brought from Italy in a ship and was placed in the church  and since then devotees believe He is the guardian angel of the village.

Officially it is known as the Arthungal St. Andrew's Forane Church and was elevated to the level of Basilica in 2010.



















How to reach:The nearest railway station is Cherthala. .Arthungal is 8 Kms. from Cherthala town.Plenty of buses ply from Cherthala town.


19 comments:

Martina said...

Wow, such beautifil pictures! Love the feeling here! Have a happy midweek!

SG said...

Thanks for the wonderful information on St. Andrew’s Basilica. When I hear the word “Basilica”, until now, immediately came to mind is St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Now, this one is a nice addition. Will certainly visit here one of these days.

KParthasarathi said...

I am so happy you made this post on the famous Basilica.This crawling or doing angapradakshinam is common amongs Hindus also to express their thankfulness when their prayers are answered.The pictures do good justice to the post.Blessed are you in visiting so many shrines.
Happy Ugadi

chitra said...

Martina, thanks a lot. Today is a festival day for us.:))

chitra said...

SG
there is 2 Basilicas in Kochi one in Mattancherry and other one in Vallarpadom both in EKM dist. there is lot to see. Time is the factor.

chitra said...

Yes, there's is also a dwajasthambha and it feels so good to be in the holy shrine. I am so happy I can bring the pictures. thanks for the greetings.
Ayyapa devotees visit this shrine on their return trip from Sabarimala.

R Niranjan Das said...

The church looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

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P.N. Subramanian said...

I am happy to learn about this Basilica. I visited Vallarpadam last year. The photographs are so nice. The side entry to the Basilica is superb. (After a long time I am able to write comments. The Blogspot.in remained inaccessible.

Arti said...

Love the tranquility of the church. Many thanks for sharing and taking us along, a visit to your blog is always peace inducing. :)

....Petty Witter said...

Quite a change from your usual posts but still just as awe inspiring.

Insignia said...

There are quite few old churches and basilicas even outside of Goa. Thanks for sharing. it looks serene

R. Ramesh said...

like my dear friend tracy says..quite a change..and v all like it...best wishes always to u chitraji..god is one..some followers' stupidity is the problem..

chitra said...

thanks PW, a bit late in replying..sorry..

chitra said...

Thanks Niranjan

chitra said...

Insignia, yes very old ans steeped in history..

chitra said...

Thanks Ramesh, I love visiting all type of religious institutions. Some are still in my list. thanks for the visit.

chitra said...

Thanks Arti..

chitra said...

PNS I did read somewhere that you had probelm with blogspot. Hope everything is back to normal now. I havent visited vallapdom.

Sridharan said...

Beautiful Church, wonderfully well covered Chitra..