Our Lady With Poovan Bananas
“Lourdes of Kerala” is how a catholic shrine located in Kerala known as “Our Lady with Poovan Bananas” is commonly referred to as. This church also known as “Korattymuthy” is located in the Thrissur district. Apparently this Syro-Malabar church is said to have been first constructed in the year 1381, although evidence suggests that this church was only built in the 18th century during the rule of the then King of Cochin Sakthan Thampuran. Furthermore, this church is renowned for an annual festival that comprises of “Poovankula” i.e. a special plantain and Muttilizhayal i.e. walking on the knee offerings.
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a. Best time to visit Our Lady of Poovan Bananas Church
The best time to visit this temple is during the winter season which begins in December and ends in February when the climate is “mild and pleasant” with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius and a minimum of 22 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Our Lady of Poovan Bananas Church
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1. By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Thrissur. The Thrissur Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this church then the ideal starting points would be Guruvayur, Thrissur, Ernakulum, and Kochi.
- Via Guruvayur:
There are two routes from Guruvayur to this church, and they are via NH544 and via Thrissur Kuttipuram Road and NH544.
- Via Thrissur:
There are two routes from Thrissur to this church, and they are via NH544 and via Kodungallur-Shornur Road.
- Via Ernakulam:
There is one route from Ernakulam to this church, and they are via NH544.
- Via Kochi:
There is one route from Kochi to this church, and they are via NH544.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this church is located in Cochin. The Cochin Airport is well connected to cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Calicut, Goa, Mangalore etc.
c. Religious significance of the Our Lady of Poovan Bananas Church
According to a myth there existed in the region two communities i.e. Nairs and the Christians. Now the Nair community was under Kartha while the Christians were under Kaimal. In addition, the Kartha army was far more powerful than the Kaimal army. A fierce battle ensued between both the armies in which Kochu Vareeth the commander-in-chief of the Kaimal army was sadly killed. However the queen Koratty Swaroopam carried on the battle and eventually ensured victory for the Christian community against the mighty Nair’s. It was after the battle that the last rite of commander-in-chief Vareeth was conducted in accordance with Christian rituals. Furthermore, the funeral and the burial were carried out at the Ambazhakad Church. It was at the spot that the commander-in-chief was buried where this church was eventually constructed. The construction of this church began on the 15th of August 1381 and was completed on 8th of September 1382.