"In everything, sacrifice your selfishness" BI. Mariam Thresia.
Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), was called during the first half of her life simply Thresia, the name given to her at baptism on 3 May 1876.
Since 1904 she wanted to be called Mariam Thresia as she believed that she was asked to add "Mariam" to her name by the Blessed Virgin Mary in a vision. She did so. And it was as Mariam Thresia that she was professed in 1914, the foundress and first member of the Congregation of the Holy Family.
Kuzhikkattussery Pilgrim Centre, Mala is one of the popular tourists and pilgrim centres among Roman Catholics where the two tombs have been placed in the Holy Family Convent Church. It has only about 6 km away from Mala town. Blessed Mariam Thresia who died on 8 June, 1926, and Fr Vithayathil, who was the spiritual guide of blessed Mariam Thresia died in 1964.
The history of Sampaloor is interwoven with the Saints and Scholars who came to Sampaloor through the waterways which starting from Musiris to Mararikulam (a river port where houseboats can anchor). The name Sampaloor derived from the name, St. Paul Oor (means the place of St. Paul). Oor in Tamil language means "place".
Annamanada Mahadeva Temple situated at a beatiful and tranquil village Annamanada located 14 km away from Mala. Mahadeva Temple Annamanada is famous for its antiquity dates back to 3000 years. Blessed with the Holy presence of Siva Parvathy, this temple gives salvation to its devotees.
St. Mary's Forane Church, Puthenchira built in AD 400 has the history of ages behind it. It was renovated by Portugeese in the 9th century after its destruction of communal clash. A granite double cross installed by Paranki, a portugeese in 1502 still stands in front of the church providing ample proof to the prime churches of the Kodungallur Diocese. Photo Gallery of St. Mary's Forane Church, Puthenchira.
In those ancient period of Mala Thrissur, ceremonial sounds from four places of worship (Temple, Synagogue, Mosque, and Church within the Mala town limit) were heard at the same time proclaiming religious unity of people dwelling at Mala and surroundings of Mala.
The St.Thomas Church of Ambazhakkadu had centuries old background as it was built in 300 AD. It was the fulfillment of a cherished dream of a group of people inspired by St.Thomas. The place in which the church now stands was donated by a "Namboothiri" (Brahmin) of Ambazhakkadu Mana hence it got it's name "Ambazhakkadu". This itself shows the unity and mutual understanding that prevailed among different castes in the ancient period.
Mala's historical prominence is interwoven with the culture of Gowdasaraswatha (Konkani) community, who immigrated from Goa in 1560. Sree Mukunda Krishnaswamy Temple, Mala whose prime idol was installed in 1085 in the month of phalguna by the Konkanis, is a symbol of prosperity abundance and auspiciousness. This temple is believed to have been built to get rid of the fury of the "naga" chariots. Sree Mukunda Krishnaswamy Temple, Mala is managed by the Shree Prasadapureswara Devaswom, Mala.
Kottakkal St. Theresa's Monastery is a soul stirring experience for the lovers of spirituality. It established in 1889. The blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias's footsteps itself change this place a holy land. He was born in 1805 at Kainakary, a coastal village of Alappuzha district in Kerala. After his elementary education, he joined to Catholic seminary at Pallipuram and became an ordained priest in 1829.
Fr. Joseph Vithayathil
was a Diocesan Priest, Spiritual director of Bl. Mariam Thresia and the co-founder of the Congregation of Holy Family (CHF). His deep faith, trust in God, integrity and honesty made him a holy priest. His wisdom, Spiritual vision and prudence enabled him to discern the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of Bl. Mariam Thresia. His Pastoral commitment and zeal for Christianization of families made him a father (Pithavu) to all with out caste and creed.
Mohiyuddien Juma Masjid Mala which is established in 640 AD (Hijra 60) is one of the oldest mosques in India. It is said that establishing the first mosque was at Kodungallur and second one was at Mala. In the ancient period, this mosque stood as a monument of religious harmony and cultural unity. In those period, ceremonial sounds from four places of worship (Mosque, Synagogue, Church and Temple) were heard at the same time proclaiming religious unity of people dwelling at Mala and surroundings.
Pambummekkattu Mana, is a famous Temple devoted to Serpent Gods, situates at Vadama very close to Mala Town. It is believed that the divine presence of "Vasuki" and "Nagayakshi" are there in the "Kizhakkini" of Pambummekkattu Mana. Pambummekkattu Mana is the most famous Serpent worship centre in Kerala. The Pambummekattu lllam (also known as Mana) stands in Vadama village, a part of Mukundapuram Taluk in Thrissur District, Kerala. The nearest railway station is 10 km away at Chalakudy.
Moozhikulam Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple which is believed to be 5000 yrs old is like an Oasis in a desert, satiating the spiritual hunger of devotees. The Main Idol of Worship is Lord Lakshmana. It was known from ancient letters that the rule for Temple Administration was made here.
Mala St. Stanislaus Forane Church reputed to be the only one after Stanislaus Cosco in the whole of India was built in 1840. Excellence in architectural grandeur is its prime attraction. Mala St. Stanislaus Forane Church is also known for the peace and solace that believers attain.
Lord Shiva holds a high esteem in the mind of Hindu devotees. There is a famous Shiva temple near Kodungallur Devi temple and is approximately 2 km away from the Devi temple.The name of the temple is Sringapuram Mahadeva Temple. Sage Rishyashringa is believed to have installed the idol here and the temple is next to the Kodungallur palace. Sringapuram means the land of Sringa which is the name of the Sage.
There are many important places related with Lord Sree Rama in Kerala. People and devotees pray to Lord Sree Rama throughout the year by chanting the mantra Sree Rama Jayam. It is believed that the month of Karkidaka is auspicious for praying to Lord Sree Rama and reading Ramayana. It is believed that Ramayana in home should be read between the afternoon time and before the temple opening time at evening. The reason is that it is believed that all Hindu Gods and Goddesses will come to hear the chanting of Ramayana and they have to go back to their respective temples at evening. Sundrakanda should be read frequently this month to get the blessings of Lord Hanuman. There are Gayathri mantras that are part of Sundrakanda that would solve all the problems faced by the Hindu devotees.
Koodalmanickyam Temple is situated at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District. It is 23 Km south of Thrissur and 16 Km north of Kodungallur. This temple is before the 15th century. The uniqueness of this temple is that the deity here is Lord Bharatha or Lord Sangameswara. There are arguments that once this temple belonged to the Jains (Bharatheswara saint of Jains) and with the descent of Jainism this temple was taken over by Hindus.
Sathrughan Swami, The Payammal temple, 6 km from Vellankallur along the Irinjalakuda-Kodungallur route, is one of the few Shatrughna shrines in the State. Shatrughna is considered to be the reincarnation of the Sudarshana Chakra (disc) in the hands of Mahavishnu. This is the smallest temple among Nalambalam. Of the four idols retrieved from the sea by the fishermen this idol is the smallest. All the other three temples have circular sreekovils but here sreekovils is in rectangular shape.
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple or Sri Kurumba Devi Temple is located at Kodungallur in Thrissur District of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhadarakali and is fondly called as "Kodungallooramma" by devotees and is one of the famous devi temples in Kerala among others like Chottanikkara Devi Temple, Attukal Devi temple and Kadampuzha devi temple.
The Thiruvanchikulam Shiva temple is in the South Kodungallur and in the Methala panchayat.This is one of the four tali temples and is situated in the Kodungallur - Ernakulam NH17 highway and is approximately 2.5 kilometers away from Kodungallur town.
In Nammalvar and Thirumangaialwar, Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Perumal is referred as Moozhikkalattappan and Tayar (Mahalakshmi) as Madhuraveni Naachiyaar.
Thirumoozhikkulam is one among the 32 Brahmin grammas in Kerala. This is the place where Hareetha muni the son of Vishwamitra worshipped Vishnu. The mythology behind the name of this place goes like this. Hareetha Maharishi did penance and meditation on the banks of river Poorna (Periyar).