KOTTAYAM: Thousands of devotees irrespective of caste and creed paid their
obeisance to St Mary and Infant Jesus when their ancient portrait was exposed
for public veneration on Saturday as part of the "Ettunombuperunal" at St Marys
Jacobite Syrian Church, Manarcad.
Metropolitan of the Kottayam Diocese Thomas Mar Themothios officiated at the
Nadathurackal ceremony. Surging multitudes of devotees chanted praises of
Manarkattamma and sought her mediation for favours as the "Nada" was slowly
opened. The 8-day Perunal would conclude on Sunday with procession, blessings
and "Nercha" distribution.
8th September 2002