Sunday, June 25, 2006

Vettukad Church

Vettucad Church

Vettucad Church (Madre-de-Deus church) is the most famous Christian pilgrim centre in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala State. Though not a prominent location in Kerala tourism map, people of all faiths pay a visit to this church.

The church also becomes a link in the chain of innumerable churches by seashores.

The church is just 5 km from Sankhumugham or Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

My friend Suma Kumar, who works in the northern district of Kerala, Malappuram occasionally takes me to the serenity of this church and the coast of Arabian Sea on the backdrop.

Last month’s visit to this church was a special one. My friend offered a candle as offering, while I watched people of different faiths reverently bowing their heads before the almighty.

I watched the calmness of Arabian Sea, even with bigger than normal tides and waves. Simply being there is a way to wash away the turbulences that may get rooted into the backyard of your mind.