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HISTORY

Bonacaud kurisumala
The History of Kurisumala

Bonacaud Kurisumala is connected to Trivandrum by a narrow winding road offering scenic views on the way to Kurisumala. There is a tea estate in Bonacaud, established by Britishers . The estate has cardamom, coconut, pepper and tea. The exact name of the place is Bonacaud named by british and it mean good faith. The climate is pleasant year round. There are also tea gardens in the area.

Other attractions near Bonacaud include Ponmudi, Agasthyarkoodam, Chathancode & Golden Valley (these are two water falls) and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation. A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees.

Bonacaud Kurisumala is one of the most prominent pilgrim centres in South India at Bonacaud. It is situated Kerala, in the Diocese of Neyyattinkara.The word Kurisumala literally means Mount of the Cross. It lies about 2960 feet above the sea level on the Western ghats. Now it know as “Kizhakkinte Calvary”.

The scenic beaty and serenity make this mount most suited for prayer meditation and God experience.

Singing, chanting prayers and taking temporary recess at each of the fourteen Stations pilgrims commemorate the journey of Christ to Golgotha. The devotees while climbing the mount experience the healing touch of God. A good number of pilgrims get relief from torments, heart breaking thoughts and emotional crisis.

History - Journey from darkness to light

The history of Kurisumala can be traced back to 1950s. On 1st March 1957 Rev.Fr. Stellaz Far Gomaz climbed the summit with a small group of parishners and established a wooden Cross. That marked the beginning of the pilgrimage.

The Cross on the summit has a history of its own. Due to bad weather the wooden Cross was partially damaged. There for a 24 feet (7m) high concrete Cross was established in its place.

In the 1980s the 14 Stations of the Cross were erected. In 1984 it was declared the official Pilgrim Centre by Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob Acharuparambil, Bishop of Trivandrum Diocese.

With the bifurcation of Trivandrum Diocese, Kurisumala became part of the Diocese of Neyyattinkara. As a result of the untiring efforts of many priests, religious and lay people further developments were brought about. In 'Sangamavedi' (the meeting place) the Holy Altar, the Shrines were built.

Bonacaud Kurisumala Pilgrim Centre has been going through a significant phase of development since the commencement of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Various spiritual, social, cultural and ecumenical programes have been organised on the basis of the Diamond Jubilee theme “Krooshile Preshitha Chaithanyam”.