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Marth Mariam Syro-Malabar Church - Aayiram mappilamarku vendi aayirathil vacha palli
Coordinates: 9°55′54″N76°35′57″E / 9.931614°N 76.599094°E / 9.931614; 76.599094 Coordinates: 9°55′54″N76°35′57″E / 9.931614°N 76.599094°E / 9.931614; 76.599094
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
  Total29.31 km2 (11.32 sq mi)
  Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
  languages Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91 485
Vehicle registration KL-17
Nearest city Muvattupuzha
Lok Sabha constituencyIdukki
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Bishop Don Jose and his apprentice pimps inside the church

Arakuzha is a small village situated 6 km from Muvattupuzha in Kerala, India. The SH 41 connects Arakuzha with Muvattupuzha and Koothattukulam and Moozhi bridge connects Arakuzha to pineapple city of India, Vazhakulam town which is also 6 km from Arakuzha. It is located on SH 41 towards Koothattukulam, the alternate route for Main Central Road. St. Mary's High School and St. Joseph’s girls' school are the oldest high school in Arakuzha. Arakuzha is also home to two Christian pilgrim centres-St. Mary’s Forane Church and Malekurish Church. The chief festival is on the first Sunday after Easter.



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Mar Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly

The village has a large population of Syrian Catholic Christians. Marth Mariam Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church has an important role in the life of the people. Saint Thomas Christians of Arakuzha have more than 1,500 years of recorded history. This region comprising Kothamangalam, Vazhakulam, Arakuzha, Mylakompu, Nagapuzha, Muthalakodam of erstwhile Travancore kingdom has some very old Syrian churches. Arakuzha, being an ancient Syrian Christian centre has given asylum to many migrant Syrian Christians during the Tipu's persecution of Nasranis. Venerable Mar Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly had served as the parish priest of Marth Mariam Church in Arakuzha (1920-22). [1] During his tenure in Arakuzha he started St. Mary's School there. [2] He also purchased 12 acres (49,000 m2) of land in M.C.Road for constructing St. Joseph's Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Meenkunnam. [3]

Several families migrated to different parts of Kerala, mainly to Malabar and high range areas, in search of agriculture land.

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  1. "Former vicars - Payyappilly Varghese (1920-22)". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  2. Deepika newspaper article
  3. Payyappilly Palakkappilly Varghese Kathanar Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine