Situated on the banks of river Pampa, Edathua Church is also known as St. George Forane Church is dedicated to St. George. Built in 1810, the church is believed to possess miraculous healing powers. Praying at this holy site has healed many of mental disorders and other medical issues. The charming church is constructed in the style of medieval European brilliant architecture, with majestic arches and gigantic pillars. Considered as a venerated site and an important religious spot among the Christians, the church is also celebrated and visited by Hindus.
Set amidst the picturesque paddy fields, pristine backwaters and rows of enchanting coconut trees, the two centuries old church also holds many conventions which attract tourists from far and wide. Besides, the annual feast celebrated around the end of April and early May is the most popular attraction of the church.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the church is around late April and early May at the time of the annual feast, to see the church in all its vigour and vibrance and be a part of the celebrations.
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Interesting facts about Edathua Church
The congregation is known for celebrating enormous blowouts amid the long stretch of May. The congregation is likewise well known for its Christian and non-Christian explorers. This is a well known St. George's Catholic Church which is situated in Edathua, a place in the Alappuzha or Alleppey region of Kerala.
The Vicar of this Palli was Father Thoman Olakkapady. Presently, the congregation is found near the Mahatma Gandhi University's St. Aloysius College which is fabricated and overseen by the congregation. Since the congregation is found near the underneath ocean level zone, hence explorers can appreciate rural grounds and rice cultivates that are seen isolated through the streams.
Celebrated between 27th of April and 7th May every year, the Annual Feast is a grand ritual of the church. During the feast, the statue of St. George is bedizened in gold and jewels and is carried out in a procession before being brought back and placing it on the dais of the church. Popularly known ‘Edathua Perunnal’, the feast commences with the hoisting of the Christian flag and ends with a magnificent feast of the 6th and 7th of May. Devotees from far and wide come to take part in the event. Glittering with tassels, wreaths, and buntings, the entire atmosphere reverberates with festivities.