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St. Thomas Mount Feast
St. Thomas Mount FeastThomas is also called Judas Thomas Didymus or Jude Thomas Didymus. He was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. The Synoptic Gospels and Acts list this "twin" (Thomas means twin) among the apostles but the Synoptic Gospels say nothing more about him. The Synoptic Gospels are the three of all the four gospels and the Gospel of John is not included due to his different style and approach to the subject matter. Acts is a book of the Bible, the fifth in the New Testament.

His shrine is located at Malayattoor, in Western Ghats, central Kerala. Malayattoor is a famous place of pilgrimage in Malabar. Malayattoor is famous for the Catholic Church, located on top of the Malayattoor hill, at a height of 609 mts.

St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, is believed to have repaired to this mountain for solitude and prayer. Years later, a cross was found on the mount and a chapel was built on the mount, which became a centre of pilgrimage. The church at the hill top stands above the cross that St. Thomas had erected during his days of intense prayer. The church is a source of comfort for the millions who climb the hill with earnest devotion. Even though the principal feast commences eight days after Easter, people start flocking the mountain from the beginning of the season of Lent.

The Holy Week witnesses pilgrims thronging the mountain in very large numbers, in reparation for their sins. A sixteen-foot long cross was built over the golden cross to protect it from the wild animals and the chapel was constructed over it.

The Church is opened for the eight days of the feast. The feast starts on the first Sunday after Easter and lasts till the next Sunday. Pilgrims are mostly the Christians of South India.The feast is marked by prayers and services in churches without any ostentatious public celebrations.

Devotees arriving at the shrine make several types of offerings. Some climb the hill carrying cross in their shoulders; women folk would carry long brooms with them while chanting prayers for prosperity. Some pilgrims carry stones on their heads, an offering that is meant to remove burdens from their lives. There are various religious rituals in the parish church and at the top of the mount. Some of the services include high mass, ordinary mass, Novena, Adima, Vedi Litany etc.
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