Our Lady Of Snow Basilica, popularly referred to as Manjumatha Basilica, has served the Catholic Community of Kerala for generations. Individually and as a parish community, We seeking to grow in our faith and love for god and for each other, through acts of worship, prayer, study and service. Our doors are open to welcome all who are in need of spiritual or emotional healing. Our Lady Of Snow Basilica is located at Pallippuram, Ernakulam, Kerala. It is one of the oldest basilicas in the state. It is also one of only three pilgrim centres in South India dedicated to Our Lady, Virgin Mary. If any questions come to mind as you look through the website, please reach out to our parish staff at 780-488-7295
During the Mysorean invasion of Kerala in the 18th century, Tipu Sultan was camped near the River Chalakkudy. The invasion and chaos that resulted from Mysorean invasion of Kerala was brief, about 1789–1790, but the amount of destruction brought about in these days was huge. It was a systematic campaign of cultural genocide. So all temples and church buildings were his prime targets. Tipu's followers were dazzled by the extent of the riches of the church. It possessed wealth in the form of gold and silver which was all taken away. The local people gathered together in the church and prayed to Our Lady for her help. At that time, there was a mist (snow) spread around the church and Tipu and his military could not see the church or the surrounding areas. They thought it was part of the Arabian Sea. There was also a high flood in the River Periyar and Tipu lost a huge part of his military and returned to Mysore.
In 52 AD, St. Thomas, the apostle landed in India at Maliankara near the port of Muziris. . This was one of the oldest and busiest port on the West Coast of India.
The Portuguese built a fort at Pallipuram as a watchtower in 1503. It is the oldest existing European fort in India. At the same time, the Portuguese built a church for the believers of the surrounding area and dedicated it to Our Lady. It was the church at that time where Christians in that area gathered together for worship.
During the Mysorean invasion of Kerala in the 18th century, Tipu Sultan was camped near the River Chalakkudy in order to attack parts of Travancore. He destroyed most of the Christian and Hindu places of worship.Read More
As a place of worship and gathering for the entire archdiocese, we also serve as hosts for many special liturgical celebrations and social gatherings.
Pallipuram Church Office,P O Palliport, Munambam,PIN 683515, Ernakulam, Kerala
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