The torch-light procession (Deepashikha Prayanam) which started on 26th October from Vettikkal Dayara to Parumala Seminary was a spiritually rejuvenating affair. This was an unprecedental procession which heralded the consecration of the new church and the lighted torch from Parumala Thirumeni’s birth-place was accorded a solemn welcome by thousands of devotees on the way .
The consecration rites which were held on 27th October 2000 evening were led by His Holiness the Catholicos. A host of dignitaries including His Excellency Mr. P.C. Alexander, Governor of Maharashtra, Arch Bishop Nikitas (Greek Orthodox Church), Arch Bishop Aghan Balizion (Armenion Orthodox Church), Bishop Sarkissan (Armenion Orthodox Church) and several Bishops of the Malankara Orthodox Church and other sister churches and also leaders of other religions, graced the public meeting held on 28th afternoon in connection with the consecration ceremony with their presence and involvement.
Inauguration Of Parumala Church By
His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews IICatholicos Of The East