Kerala, the land of Saints
Christmas is not just about celebrations, it is time for some holy trips as well. In Kerala there are many such holy places where Christians used to go for pilgrimage. With three saints coming from this ‘God’s own Country’ nowadays pilgrims are preferring a holy circuit, connecting these saints.
St. Alphonsa, 20th century religious figure, was first woman of Indian origin to be canonised in 2008. After eight years, Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Evuprasia were canonised. Saints being symbols of hope and sacrifice, these three figures attracted more pilgrims to the state, boosting tourism across Kerala.
St. Alphonsa’s tomb is at Bharanaganam , in Kottayam district. St. Joseph’s Church in Mannanam, Kottayam houses the tomb of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara. St. Euprasia’s Ollur is in Thrissur district. These three places fall under a small circumference form a holy circuit for pilgrims. If Church of Kerala take initiative to connect these places, then Kerala will soon become India’s pilgrim centre.