Saturday, October 3, 2009

VALLARPADATHAMMA FEAST

The feast of Our Lady at Vallarpadam was celebrated from 16th Sept. to 24th Sept. Please click on the photos for a larger view.

A brief history of the church


A glimpse of the interior of the church


Devotees sweeping the ground in front of the church



Devotees standing in line to kiss the statue of Our Lady

Lighting candles

Decorative lighting



Feast flag

20 comments:

Brian Miller said...

cool pics. it would be great if all churches were known as major pilgrim centers...places that were welcome for all travellers on their journey.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Hello Josepth a most educational post and the pics. were superb.
I always find your post interesting as It's about places I'm never likely to visit but you bring them alive. Thank you.

Yvonne.

Rain said...

Hi Joseph! The decorative lighting is really festive! Nice photos!
:)

Amrita said...

Very beautful indeed. Its so heartening to see the fervor and devotion of the pilgrims.

The decorations, embelishments and lights are very attractive.

Is this church located in Kochi?

Jeannie said...

We used to live up a hill from a large Portuguese community who had a very similar festival.

Creativity!! said...

Hello Sir,

Greetings :)

So Beautiful Pix :) :) Thanks A Lot For Sharing :) :)

babYpose said...

the church from the outside with the neon is beautiful, more beautiful in the inside decorated with flowers. Very lively!

A New Beginning said...

These are beautiful pics!!! Thanks for spreading beautiful lights all over the world, thru your blog :)))

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste my friend. How have you been? I hope you are in peek health and business is going well. I enjoyed your photographs of the Vallarpadathamma (quite a word) Feast, though you didn't say what you did there, did you participate?

Rema said...

Ya.....nice photographs and write up. I had been there 2 years back. I like that church. Very peaceful atmosphere. Thanks for the same.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Rema:)

This church is undergoing a massive renovation work and when it is completed it will look very grand. I remember going there many many years back by boat and there was no road connection.

I was surprised at the development work that is coming up in that area on account of the Vallarpadam container terminal. All reputed builders are putting up huge high rise buildings and I understand each apartment will cost in the range of Rs. 1 crore and above.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Maria said...

Hi Joseph, thank you for your visit and comment on my blog! So nice to hear from you again!
The pictures of the church look so cheerful, much more than as they are here where I live.
Here Catholics are often told that they are sinners and repentants.
Have a nice weekend and best wishes to you!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots !! This Church is so beautiful !! Amazing place..Great..Unseen Rajasthan

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Hello Joseph, many thanks for your words of comfort, they mean alot to me.
Have a good week-end.

Yvonne.

tuti said...

lovely pics, joseph!
it's such an inspiration seeing devotees paying homage to Our Lady.

the only indian catholic church in singapore, Our Lady of Lourdes..
http://www.lourdes.sg/Photos.htm

ayamlin said...

Hi Joseph!
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
I'm happy you said " Wish you a bright and beautiful day:)"
Actually recently I've having tough days. but you gave me energy.
Thank you very much.
By the way all your pictures are very beautiful.
Speaking of India, it reminds me Mother Teresa.
I haven't been to India yet.
but I wanna go to your country someday.

Valerie said...

The church is beautiful by day and night. I liked the way the little boy held the broom/brush.

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
Another very interesting, not to mention colorful post. The interior of the church is just breath taking and the outside is so festive with the lights shining at night. A glimpse of heaven!
God bless,
Fred

Haddock said...

I saw these brooms being sold outside when I made a visit there. After reading the history of the church I found the reason behind it.

Rema said...

My god - there flats will cost so much, can't believe. That area is developing very fast.