Arthunkal Perunnal 2012
Arthunkal Perunnal 2012 is from 10th January 2012. The annual feast of St. Sebastian at Arthunkal St. Andrews Basilica is celebrated in January every year. Known locally as Makaram Perunnal, the Arthunkal Perunnal is an occasion where thousands of pilgrims flock to the coastal village. Arthunkal is a small village near Cherthala in Alappuzha district. It is on the coastal route from Alappuzha to Kochi.
Ever since the Arthunkal church is elevated to Basilica more pilgrims are visiting Arthunkal on the occasion of Perunnal. The annual feast at Arthunkal commences on 10th January 2012 and the perunnal will be celebrated till 27th January 2012. Main festival is on 20th January 2012. ‘Ettam Perunnal will be on 27th January marking the end of this festival season at Arthunkal.
Miraculous statue of St. Sebastian will be placed on the hall of Arthunkal Basilica on early morning of 18th January. This is an occasion pilgrims were waiting for the past one year to catch a glimpse of the saint. Thousands flock to Arthunkal to receive blessings from St. Sebastian.
There will be a grand procession on 20th January, the day of main feast. A smaller procession will be followed on 27th January. Offerings at Arthunkal is mainly bows and arrows made in silver. Pilgrims believe in the healing power of St. Sebastian at Arthunkal.
Special bus services from KSRTC will be available on festival days from neighbouring towns. Arthunkal is at a distance of 8 Km from Cherthala, 20 Km from Alappuzha and around 50 Km from Kochi.