IMPORTANT PILGRIM CENTRES

1.THE CATHOLICATE ARAMANA     (DEVALOKAM,KOTTAYAM,KERALA)
         
This is the official residence of the Catholicos of the East. The mortal remains of three of the former Catholicoses are entombed here in the Catholicate Chapel, His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese II, His Holiness Baselios Ougen I and His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews I. A portion of the sacred relics of St. Thomas is also kept here. Hundreds of pilgrims daily visit the shrines.

The Catholicate office which is the Central Secretariat of the Orthodox Church functions here. Office of the Holy Episcopal Synod, Office of the Corporate Management of Malankara Orthodox Church Colleges, Office of the Corporate Management of Catholicate and M. D. Schools, Office of the Malankara Orthodox Church Publications, Office of the Malankara Sabha Magazine, Office of the Orthodox Syrian Sunday School Association of the East and Catholicate Press are all in the same campus. This is situated on a beautiful hillock, with extensive paddy fields on three sides which present a panoramic view. The place is called "Devalokam" which means "Abode of Gods". It is about 5 Kms. South -East from the central place of Kottayam town.

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