Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Puthupalli Perunal - St. George Orthodox Church

Known as the Georgian Pilgrim Centre of the East, the St. George Orthodox Church, Puthuppally is well renowned for the Feast of St. George. The erecting of flag masts takes place tend days prior to the festival. The masts are brought in ceremonial processions from Puthupalli and Erikkattu. Virakideel (bringing of firewood to the church) Vechoottu (a ceremonial feast), Adyachoroonu (a ritual in which children get their first feed of rice by priests) etc. are some of the rituals associated with the festival here.

Raza, the grand festival procession will be taken out with the holy golden cross from the church, which is taken part by thousands of devotees. This will be accompanied by band troupes. Festivities conclude with the deepa kazcha (sighting of lighted lamp) in the evening.

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