Welcome To Our Lady Of Snow Basilica

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

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True Marian devotion arises from the fact that Mary’s is the Mother of Jesus, the incarnate God and therefore, she is honored as the mother of God. Devotion to Mary under the title of “Our Lady of Snow” is one of the oldest devotions to virgin Mary. It comes from an old legend. According to legend, Mary came to a Roman couple in their dreams, and asked them to build a church for her, and that the site where the church was to be built would be covered in snow as a sign. Then, on the hot morning of August 5th, 352 AD, snow had fallen on Esquiline Hill was covered in snow. The summer snow was considered a miracle by all of Rome. About six years later, the church to honor Mary( The Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome) was built on that very hill. To this day, the church still stands.
“Our Lady of Snow” basilica was originally built by the Portuguese in 1503 for the believers of the surrounding area and the portuguese working in Pallippuram Fort. Christian community existed here since the 1st century. It has been part of the social & cultural fabric of Pallippuram, Cherai and surrounding areas since its inception. The church was renovated in 1931. In 2006 the shrine was once again renovated and was also modernized. The church came under the diocese of Kochi in 1557 and became a parish in 1577. The Kottapuram diocese was formed by dividing the Varappuzha diocese.On 27th August 2012, Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree and raised the “Our Lady of Snow” Church to the status a of minor basilica. It is the 20th Basilica in India and the eighth in Kerala (as of August 2012). Read In Malayalam

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


At Basilica


  • Monday to Friday: 6:00 am, 7:15 am

  • Saturdays: 6:00 am, 7:15 am (Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help & Holy Hour of Adoration) 10:30 am (with Novena to Our Lady & Holy Hour of Adoration) 5:00 pm (with Novena to Our Lady & Holy Hour of Adoration)

  • Sunday: 6:00 am, 8:00 am (For Catechism Students) & 4:30 pm

At Substations

St. Rockey's Church


  • Sunday: 7:00 am (with Catechism)
  • Monday: 7:00 am (with Novena to St. Rockey & Holy Hour of Adoration) 10:30 am (with Novena to St. Rockey & Holy Hour of Adoration)
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 7:00 am


St. Joseph's Church


  • Wednesday: 10:00 am (with Novena to St. Joseph & Holy Hour of Adoration)

Our Vicar

Fr.Johnson Pankketh


Fr.Jose Maliyekkal

Asst. Vicar

Fr.Midhun Mendez

Asst. Vicar

Fr.Jose Pulikkathara

Spiritual Advisor


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Pallipuram Church Office,P O Palliport, Munambam,PIN 683515, Ernakulam, Kerala

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0484 2488053

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Mon-Sat 09:00 AM - 05:00PM

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