Parumala church is a world famous christian pilgrimage site. The church belongs to the Saint Gregorios (Parumala thirumeni/ Bishop Of Parumala) and is a Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The official name of the church is St. Peter and St. Paul church. The church is named after Parumala thirumeni, as it has the tomb of thirumeni who died on Novemeber 2, 1902. The miracles seen during and after his living made it to become the world’s famous pilgrimage site.
Not only christians reach here, but people of every religion visit the church and pray for their needs. Parumala is a small stretch of land on the shores of the river “Pampa”. Saint Gregorios of Parumala is popularly known as ‘Parumala Thirumeni’. Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of the Malankara Orthodox Church who passed away on November 2nd 1902, became the first declared saint from Malankara (Kerala, India) naturally to be called, ‘Parumala Thirumeni’. He shines in the cloud of witnesses as a bright luminary giving rays of hope to millions in their suffering and struggles.
Thirumeni was educated by Malpan (teacher) Geevarghese of Chathuruthy, Kochi, and was ordained as a deacon at the age of 10. Once when he was ill, he had a vision of St. Mary descending to console him and exhorting him to
dedicated the rest of his life to the lord. Very soon after the vison, the deacon recovered. at the age of 18 in 1865, he was ordained as a priest. St. Gregorios became sick when he returned from Veeyapuram church after blessing a marriage. Even from the begining of his illness he knew that he was in his last days.Although he grew weaker day by day, his face shone brighter and brighter.
Thousands of people receive favours and blessings through his intercession. The growing flow of polgrims to his tomb at Parumala, several years after his demise, tells a story of a man if faith, prayer, healing and great intercession.