Aarattu Ezhunnallathu, the procession for the Aarattu of the deity Bhagavathy accompanied by caparisoned elephants, Melam etc. is performed everyday. Makom Thozhal is on 24th. The belief is that on this day at 2 p.m. is theholiest time to se and prayed the deity. Chottanikkara, is Ernakulam district.
The last week of the Lent season, starting from Palm Sunday (Osaana Perunnal) to Easter (Uyrippu Jnayar - 27th Mar.) is known as Holy week. The most important week for the pilgrimage to Malaytoor Kurisumudi, the International Shrine dedicated to St. Thomas. The rush will be unpredictable on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.Prior to Palm Sunday a four - day. Bible convention is held at Kurisumudi every year.
The Shrine of St. Thomas is situated 1269 ft above sea level at Malayatoor. It is belived that in AD 52 St.Thomas spent so many days in this Mountain and golden cross appeared before him. The Mountain from then came to be known as Kurisumudi or Ponninkurisumala (Golden Cross Mount). Apart from the present chapel, an ancient chapel 16ft. long gold plated cross, the foot prints on the rock beleived to be of St. Thomas, the Holy spring, Marthoma Mandapam where the holy remnants of St. Thomas is preserved and Sannidhi, a space to offer attractions. Pilgrims carry crosses, stones, brooms etc. as a part of their belief. They also offer gold chain, crosses, pepper, images of human parts and domestic animals in gold or silver etc. for their health and prosperity. The Malayattoor Church on the bank of river Periyar was built in AD 900.Distance between Kalady to Malayattoor Church is 8km. From there to Adivaaram (foot of the hill) is 2km. To trek up then about ane mile through rocky mountain to reach Kurisumudi. The nearest Railway station Angamali is 17 km away from Malayatoor and Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery) to Kalady is 5 km.