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The annual Perunnal or feast at the Parumala Church in Thiruvalla is to commemorate the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the declared saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The bishop is interred in the church. During the Orma Perunnal day or commemorative feast, special prayers are offered and rituals performed. There is also a ceremonial procession through the town, attended by devotees from all over the State.

Devotees converge to obtain the Lord’s grace at St. Peters & St. Pauls Orthodox Church, Parumala near Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District.Parumala is a famous centre of worship for all the religious communities in Kerala and is the largest pilgrimage centre for Christians in Kerala. During this feast, there is a ceremonial procession through the town, attended by devotees from all over the State.All prayers and related rituals are conducted here during these days with great enthusiasm. Devotees from all parts of the state attend the festival. There are cultural performances every evening.As in all other festivals typical of Kerala, the church grounds swarm with vendors and stalls, selling all kinds of things from food to utensils to jewelry.

The burial place of Yuyakim Mar Ivanios can also be seen here.Here on Fridays the Holy Qurbana with three celebrants (Munninmel) is conducted and meditative discourse is given. During the day of Pentecost the tarrying Meet and during the 3 day Fast and the Lenten season, Meditation Meets are conducted. November 1 and 2 are the main feast days. In connection with this feast a whole week is observed as Pilgrimage Week. Various seminars are conducted and lectures given.

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