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Nediasala St. Mary's Church is one of the ancient churches in the Eparchy of Kothamangalam which belongs to the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church. Nediasala is ideally located amidst idyllic surroundings about 6 KMs west of Thodupuzha. From ancient time onwards the track that connected Thamizhakam with this part of Kerala passed through Nediasala which was richly cultivated even before the advent of Christianity here. The agricultural commodities that passed through this area into Thamizhakam have been taxed at Chungam, near Thodupuzha, hence the name Chungam. Nediasala derived her name from the assumption that here the commercial commodities were stacked and stores prior to their passage into Thamizhakam. In the city states of Keezhmalanadu, Vadakkumkoor, and Thiruvithamkoor, Nediasala had established herself as a reputable commercial centre. It may be due to either the attack of wild elephants, epidemics or the fall of city states that Nediasala importance declined, and it became a deserted place. The people from Nediasala find shelter in different places such as Mannathoor, Muvattupuzha, Kolanchery, Puthenkurisu, Ramamangalam, Mulamthuruthy and Thiruvaniyoor. Later the chapel was relocated to Marika and consequently Christians from Mylacombu, Udatamperoor, Kuravilangad, Mulamthuruthy and other places came flocking to give it a second life.

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St. Mary’s Church Nediasala established in A.D.999 is a famous Marian Pilgrim centre. This Pilgrim Centre with a small stream of water formed by the holy appearance of St. Mary and Grotto is known as the Lourdes of Malanadu. Centuries of heritage, strong devotion to St. Mary and ‘Pidinercha’ help the believers to grow strongly in faith. People of different religions from different parts come here to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Mary. I pray that all of us be blessed by St. Mary.

'നെടിയാലയമ്മേ പിടിയായി വരണേ'

- Fr. John Anikkottil

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