Of all the places hallowed in the annals
of Christianity in India, Niranam holds pride of place.
In social, cultural, literary and political
matters, this small village has kept up its own distinctive, pristine
The fame of Niranam must have reached Syria
and weighed most with St. Thomas. He is believed to have visited
Niranam in 53AD, erected a crucifix, founded and built a church
on the site.
The main religious festival is in honour
of the Holy Mother on August 15. Special mass is held on that day.
The birthday of St. Mary is celebrated on a grand scale on 8th September.
The feast of St. Thomas is celebrated on 3rd July.