THE PLACE DEVASAHAYAM WAS MARTYRED
- DEVASAHAYAM PILLAI MOUNT
The Panchayat Town Aralvaimozhi :
Aralvaimozhi (or Aramboly) (Tamil: ஆரல்வாய்மொழி) is a panchayat town in Kanniyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is a small town situated in southern India.
Aralvaimozhi is near the Muppandal wind farm. This farm is the largest in Asia and supplies the villagers with electricity for work. It is well known for being the greatest source of wind energy in Asia. The farm is located near the once impoverished village of Muppandal.
Aralvaimozhi is famous for a Catholic church located in the hill of Kattadi malai where Devasahayam Pillai was martyred.
Aralvaimozhi is one of the two mountain passes through the Western Ghats which lead to the West and many of the invasions faced by the Chera and the successor kingdoms came via the ghat. The name "Aral" was derived from the fort built and maintained by the rulers of Venad and later by the kingdom of Travancore to defend the kingdom from invasions from Tamil area. The fort was captured by the English East India Company in 1809 from the soldiers loyal to Velu Thampi Dalawa. The remains of the fort can be seen near railway station; but neglected by both railway and archeology departments.
Bl. Devasahayam's Martyrdom :
The venue they had chosen for the excavation was on the fringe of the wild Aralvaimozhi forest. It was a deserted place, inaccessible to ordinary human beings. The spot was called kattadimalai, meaning the mountain with an unceasing flutter of winds.
This was in the thick of a wild forest, surrounded by rocks large and small.Today it is no more so.The confluence of pilgrims and the consequent emergence of a hamlet, mostly of Roman Catholics, with a church dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows and a school run by the Sisters of St.Anne of Tiruchirapalli have truly changed the face of the place.
|This was the place where he was given time to pray before his execution.|
He prayed for a quarter of an hour, commending himself to God.
|After his Prayers the guards made him stand on this medium size hillock|
|The Servant of God stood here ready to give his life for the faith in Christ|
|After he was shot the Martyr fell down crying aloud |
“Jesus, save me” onto this rock.
|This piece of stone fell down from the hill top by the time he was shot.|
|The spot on which the body of the martyr rolled down and|
lay for a night or two and the branch of the banyan tree which
provided cool shadow to the dead body.
|Picture at the Entrance wall of the church|
|Martyr Devasahayam Pillai's Statue with|
Relic found inside the Church Alter
|A Close-up Look at the Martyr's Relic|