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Bharananganam Pilgrim Center

Located on the banks of peaceful Meenachil River, Bharananganam is one of the most important pilgrim centers in South India. This small town is located 5 kilometers east of east of Pala in Kottayam district.

It is one of the most famous pilgrim centers of Christians of Kerala. It is also known as Lisieux of India, and has a one-thousand year old St. Mary’s Church, which pulls thousands and thousands of Christians every year to Bharananganam.

St. Mary’s Church, which is also known as Anakkallu Palli, is famous also because it has the mortal remains of Bharananganam’s famous Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu, who was the first from Kerala Church, and also first person of Indian origin, to be canonized as saint by Catholic Church. Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu is highly revered in the local community and since her time she is referred to as Alphonsamma.

After suffering early loss and passing through the testing time of her childhood, Alphonsamma joined the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, where she was sent to school for education, and later in 1936 she took a vow to give up her will and life to Church and Jesus. Each year a feast is organized in Bharananganam in the memory of Saint Alphonsa. Thousands of devotees take part in the feat of Saint Alphonsa which happens between 19 and 28 July each year.