Malayattoor Mala

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Malayattoor is a village in the North Eastern corner of Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India. The name `Malayattoor' is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.
Kurisumudi (Hill of the holy cross) is a mountain at Maiayattoor, has its fame as a place visited by St. Thomas, one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Kurisumudi (where they found the cross) as is popularly known, is 1269 feet above the sea level. Set in serene conditions, one cannot miss the traces of the divine. Mountain peaks gently caressing the clouds, the shimmering sheen of the Periyar below, the steep cliffs and the winding roads, all provide an ambience that is truly heavenly. Right from the time the golden cross was found, the locals began a practice of lighting an oil lamp and whenever the lamp gave in to the wind, a herd of goats came down wailing and people used to climb the mountain and light the lamp again. Pilgrims who climb the mountain, even today carry with them seasamum seeds to feed the goats, even though goats are a rare sight.