About St. Yeldho

Maphryono Mor Baselios Yeldho was born in a village called kooded (now known as Karakosh) near Mosul in Iraq where Morthsmooni and her 7 children suffered martyrdom. At a very young age he joined the Mor Bahnan Monastery and become a monk. In 1678 he was consecrated Maphryono (Catholicos) by the Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Abdul Masih I. In 1685 at the age of 92, the holy father started the difficult mission to India at the request of Mor Thoma II of Malankara who informed the Patriarchate about the unpleasant situation of the Church here.

The saintly Maphryono was accompanied by his brother, two monks and an Episcopo , but only three of them is believed to have reached Malankara. The saint expired on Saturday afternoon on 'Kanni 19' (Malayalam Calendar), 1685 and was entombed on the very next day in the sanctuary of Mar Thoma Cheriapally, Kothamangalam. Though the holy father had lived in this land for only a few days, his name has spread far and wide leaving a lasting mark in the history of Malankara Syrian Church. The mission undertaken by the saint was fulfilled to a large extent by his faithful associate, Metropolitan Mor Ivanios Hidayatullah (entombed at Mulanthuruthy Marthoman Church).

Kanni 20 Perunnal

The people of Kothamangalam celebrate the Cheriyapally festival on October 2 and 3 with piety and festivity. In remembrance to the instance of guiding Mor Yeldho Bava to this church by a Nair (Hindu) Youth, his successors are still given the privilege to hold the traditional lamp of the church and lead the 'Rassa' (Church procession) to the church on the festival day of the saint. Bava is the Patron Saint of Kothamangalam and Mar Thoma Cheriyapally is the source of eternal light of this place. The people of this land share everything with the church. During the festival, devotees offer to their Church the fruits of their labour as well as a share of the money that they earn. They believe all their gains are due to the blessings of Bava and they faithfully offer to Bava a share of the fruits of their hard work.
The Kanni 20 Perunnal is an auspicious time to pay homage to Bava It is a popular feast and hence the best time to be here is early October when the Festival is held to commemorate Bava. This brings devotees from near and far for a great religious and cultural meet. It also provides a social occasion to invite close families and friends to share moments of joy and love. The State Government also have been cooperative always by extending to the church help in managing travel facilities, security arrangements and by declaring a local holiday during the festival.

People come to this Church all throughout the year. Devotees are well taken care of by the Church Managing committee. Free food and accommodation are provided to the devotees. The pleasure and pain are shared by every home here and Bava of Cheriyapally. This makes the place a hallowed ground of holiness for devotees and pilgrims.