at Manarkad near Kottayam, this church
consecrated to St. Mary is an outstanding Syrian Jacobite Shrine.
The most important festival here is the eight-day ritual fast popularly known as 'Ettu Nompu Perunnal'. A major chunk of the participants in the fast are women. The festival begins on the 1st of September.
On the last three days, colorful processions are taken out with golden crosses and rows of brilliantly hued umbrellas.