Our Church

Kadammanitta Orthodox church is one of the ancient church in the thumpamon diocese, of Malankara Orthodox Sabha. Our Church is in the name of ‘St.John the baptist’ who is a follower of Christ and was founded in the year 1842, which continues its glorifyng service for the past 170 years. We have our former church situated nearby, which has a long history of 170 years. Our church was blessed by the sacred footprints of St. Gregorios (Parumala Thirumeni), which is considered as a matter of pride.

Our Vicar  : On August 5, 2012, Fr. P. J Joseph took charge as vicar of the church.

See church history page for more details on our church

About Our Village, "Kadammanitta"

Kadammanitta is a village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, located 6 km from Pathanamthitta town. Kadammanitta is blessed with religious unity, festivals and rich heritage. Our Village is known all over the world by the ritual art "Padayani" as well as in the name of Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan (the poet). Kadammanitta village is now being proposed as a Cultural Village "Padayani Gramam" by the state government.

Festivals in Kadammanitta

Kadammanitta is Blessed with three Christian Churchs & two Temples.

Church Feasts: Churchs in our Village are St Johns Orthodox Church, St Johns Catholic Church, & Marthoma Church. Both the Orthodox and Catholic churches are formed in the name of St John the Baptist, both churches celebrate their Feast in January of every year. Marthoma church conducts Convention every year.

Padayani: Padayani or Padeni in colloquial speech is one of the most colorful and spectacular folk arts associated with the festivals of certain temples in Southern Kerala (Alappuzha, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam). The word Padayani literally means military formations or rows of army, but in this folk art, a series of divine and semi-divine impersonations wearing huge masks or Kolams of different shapes, colors and designs painted on the stalks of arecanut fronds. The most important of the Kolams usually presented in a padayani performance are Bhairavi (Kali), Kalan (God of Death), Yakshi (Fairy), Pakshi (Bird), Kuthira (Horse), Marutha (Mother Goddess), etc. The Kolam consists primarily of a huge head gear with many projections and devices with a mask for the face or a chest piece for cover the breast and abdomen of the performer.

The ten-day long Padayani Performances conducted as part of the Festival attract a lot of tourists. Padayani is conducted in the month of April during Vishu the New Year according to Malayalam Calendar. The most important day is the eight day when all the Kolams come to life.

Prominent Personalities in Kadammanitta

Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan,
Malayalam Poet

Kadammanitta Vasudevan Pillai
Exponent of Padayani

P. D. T. Acharya
Former Secretary General of the 14th Lok Sabha and 15th Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India,

His Excellency Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom
Metropolitan of Pathanamthitta diocese,Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Mar Irenios
Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum,Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

Important Contacts


St Johns Malankara Catholic Church, Kadammanitta
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Marthoma Church, Kalleli Junction, Kadammanitta
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Kadammanitta Devi Temple
Contact no: 0468-2217824