January 12, 2016

Kerapex - 2016 - Special Covers - 2


Arattupuzha Sree Sastha Temple, one of the ancient temples of Kerala,is situated at 15 km away from Thrissur town. The Pooram Festival which is going to be conducted on 21-3-2016 is the 1434th one. Koothiezhunellippu ( Devasangamam ) is an important function of this festival with a spread of 70 to 80 elephants.  It is believed that Lord Vishnu flanked by Bhoomidevi and Lakshmi Devi reach the field to bless the lord and devotees. The believers treat this as Vaikunta Darshanam.

Cover Code: KL-04/2016


The significance of Cheraman Juma Mazjid  in the Muziris heritage project lies in the fact that it is the first Mosque in India, it stands in the district of Thrissur, Kerala.  on the Paravoor -Kodungalloor Road.  It was built in 629 AD by Malik Ibn Dinar.Kunjikkuttan Thampuran who is known as Kerala Vyasa has expressed the view that this was an ancient Budha Vihar that was gifted to the Muslims for the construction of a Mosque.  The oral tradition is that Cheraman Perumal, the Chera King, went to Arabia where he met the Prophet and embraced  Islam.  From there he had sent letters with Malik Ibn Dinar to his relatives in Kerala, asking them to be courteous to the later.  The Masjid is believed to have been renovated in the 11th Century and also 300 years ago.  The front portion was expanded in 1974 and further expanded it in 1984.  The older part of the Mosque including the Sanctum Sanctorum is left untouched and is still preserved.

Cover Code: KL-05/2016


 St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary, Carmelgiri, Alwaye belonging to the Latin Catholic Church is an heir to the history of over three centuries of priestly formations in Kerala.  Its beginning was in 1682at Verapoly.  Students from different  parts of India are trained here to become committed and enlightened priests, disciples of Christ, to build up the Kingdom of God, a just, humane, secular and free society.Besides the bachelor's courses in Philosophy and  Theology post graduation and doctoral degrees are also offered here.

Cover Code: KL-06/2016

 Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

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