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St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Parumala

St. Peter's and St. Paul's Orthodox Syrian Church, Parumala, also known as Parumala Pally, is a parish church of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

Parumala Church
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St. Peter's and St. Paul's Orthodox Syrian Church, Parumala
Parumala Church is located in India
Parumala Church
Parumala Church
9°19′29″N 76°32′13″E / 9.3247°N 76.5369°E / 9.3247; 76.5369Coordinates: 9°19′29″N 76°32′13″E / 9.3247°N 76.5369°E / 9.3247; 76.5369
DenominationMalankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Architect(s)Charles Correa
Construction costINR 4 crore (40 million) [1]
Capacity2000 worshippers
DioceseNiranam Diocese
Bishop(s)Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos
Vicar(s)Fr. M C Kuriakose



Parumala is a small stretch of land on the shores of the river Pampa. Malankara Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius wanted to establish a seminary in the area. A two-acre plot of land was donated by Arikupurathu Mathen Karnavar where Azhippura, was constructed. This was used for teaching church functionaries for the syriac orthodox church in malankara, including providing lessons in Syriac. Dionysios eventually passed responsibility for the seminary to Metropolitan Mar Gregorios in order to carry on the Syriac teaching sessions more efficiently and also to help him in other church matters.

A temporary church in Parumala was rebuilt by Gregorios and consecrated in 1895.

Present churchEdit

The present church, which can accommodate more than 2000 worshippers, was designed by Charles Correa.[2] It is a circular design with an inner diameter of 39 meters. This circle is again divided into three segments by two chords of 16 meters length.

Parumala ThirumeniEdit

Gheevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala (Raja Ravi Varma, 1905)
Tomb of St.Gregorios at Parumala Church

The church contains the tomb of St.Gregorious of parumala, who died on 2 November 1902 at the age of 54. Belief in his saintly qualities caused it to become a centre of pilgrimage and in 1947 he was beatified by the Catholicos of the church, Baselios Geevarghese II.

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