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Parumala

Parumala is a small village and island on the Pampa River in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. Parumala Church is one of the major religious centres in Kerala. Saint Geevarghese Mar Gregorios or Parumala Thirumeni of Parumala was an Indian religious leader and later a saint of Orthodox Christians in India.

Both the rival Indian Orthodox Church fractions (Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church) in India accept him as their Saint. Saint Gregorios of Parumala is popularly known as 'Saint of Parumala' or ‘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.Mar Gregorios was born on 15th June 1848 (M.E. Mithunam 3, 1023) to Kochu Mathai and Mariam of Pallathetta family in the Chathuruthy house at Mulamthuruthy.

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