at Edathua Church
shores of Pampa are special to the Keralite, in more than one aspect. Lamps
lit along these shores showed way to the relgious and cultural history
of the land. So when the annual feast of St George church Edathua is held during
April-May, it is another moment for Kerala to celebrate.
Modelled on the medieval churches of Europe, the shrine
is the ultimate solace to many devotees. Situated on the banks of the,
river Pamba, is dedicated to St.George.
During the feast, the statue of St.George, decked in
gold, is carried out in
procession and placed on the dais at the centre of the Basilica. Processions are held everyday, and dazzling fireworks display
highlights in the initial
as well as concluding day's rituals.
The Kodiyettam marks the beginning of the festival.
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 jewellery. Cultural performances are held every evening.
Thousands participate in the festival from Kerala and
the neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Every year the number of devotees who frequent
this pilgrimage centre is on the rise.