About 75 years (1935) ago Kunnamkulam was reeling under a devastating epidemic of plague. Since it was unprecedented, the people of the locality or civic authorities were totally in the dark about how to contain it, treat it or take care of the affected lot. It assumed proportions of a ravaging fire, consuming families in its wake. Life came to stand still. Business stopped, streets wore a deserted look. People started fleeing from the town to the village areas. Schools were closed, institutions of all sorts including social and charitable ones, stopped functioning. Priests and pastors disappeared from the scene. Solace, if any, came in the person of C.V.Iype, MLC, O.K.Menon, Health Inspector, R.D.Pai (Doctor), Joseph and Achamma (Bethany order). There was none else to give some words of comfort or encouragement let alone concrete action which was the need of the hour. Cochin government did all it could by way of containing act. Inoculation was the only possible preventive step. When a boy died following inoculation, it caused a scare. Faith in God seemed the only way out.
Adupputty Pally in Kunnamkulam Map of Kunnamkulam
Arhat (Kunnamkulam) church informed Bava Thirumeni of the desperate situation. Thirumeni at the time was engaged in his annual ayurvedic treatment. But he informed his people of the desperate situation. "If no one is volunteering to go to Kunnamkulam I will have to discontinue my treatment and go myself to them". But the news from Kunnamkulam had been so scary that no one seemed willing to volunteer. That was when Pampady Thirumeni reached Pazhaya Seminary. Immediately Thirumeni told Bava Thirumeni that he was going to Kunnamkulam. Paramel Kuriakose Semmassen (Parel Achen) who was a student of the Seminary volunteered to accompany Pampady Thirumeni. Even though many tried to dissuade them all the way, they went ahead boldly, braving all odds, trusting the Lord.
"We have come to live or die with you. If you are in any sort of need let us know, weak as we are, we will come ourselves and try to relieve you. We want you to pray incessantly and go on a three day fasting so that this scourge is removed from us. May the Almighty relieve you of this." said Thirumeni to the thousands who had gone out of their houses for the first time in a week. Thirumeni started visiting houses where people had been grievously ill and prayed for them. There was no distinction whether they belonged to the church or no. Bethany church on Trichur road was converted into a plague hospital. Though it was a difficult decision for Thirumeni to make, he visited the place often and prayed for them, whether they believed in the Lord or not. All the houses visited by Thirumeni found the healing touch. Whoever he laid his hands on, were healed and relieved. That they were not forlorn, they felt, because they had a man of God with them. They were filled by faith and hope that they were not alone, God being with them. The stories of Thirumeni holding the 'sleeba' , swinging the censer making 'doopa prardhanas' and walking through the streets of Kunnamkulam chanting prayers are passed on from one generation to another. He used to stay in the attic of a church here.
Thirumeni had gone to Kunnamkulam without even his bedding and stayed there for about a month and a half, soothing troubled minds and healing sick bodies. Ho would not even take prevention inoculation, even though doctors advised him. Only just before he left for Pampady he took one.
The devotion of the people of Kunnamkulam still prevails strongly. Every year a group of devotees from Kunnamkulam reaches Pampady. Usually they bring packets of 'papads' which is used for the lunch and also to be sold to the numerous other devotees who come to Pampady.
After the Heavenly abode of Thirumeni, a Kursihu Pally was started in Kunnamkulam in 1967. It is as a part of the St. George Orthodox Church, Adupputty. The devotees of Kunnamkulam (Chemmanur Pathrose Achen, E.V.K Kurian) approached Yohannan Ramban and requested that they required the Holy Remains ('Thirusheshippu' ) of Thirumeni. They got the permission from Bava Thirumeni to take the Tooth of Pampady Thirumeni back to Kunnamkulam. The devotees in Kunnamkulam refer to the Adupputty church as the 'second kabaridom of Thirumeni'.
Tooth of Thirumeni is kept in Kunnamkulam pally Devotees come every year to Pampady
The tooth was initially placed inside the St. George Church. But Yuhannan Mar Xevarious Thirumeni stated that a separate church had to be built to keep the Holy Remains of such a saintly person. Thus a church was built in front of St. George Orthodox Church. There are two rooms to the church. A large photograph of Thirumeni is seen as soon as one enters the church. After that is the main church where the Holy Qurbana takes place. It is a small church which can hold upto 50 members. The tooth is now placed inside the thronose. A small photograph of Thirumeni is kept to depict the place where the Tooth is kept.
Numerous miracles continue to occur in Kunnamkulam, when the devotees seek the intercession of Pampady Thirumeni. It is believed that if we ask anything by looking onto the eyes of Thirumeni, it would be granted to us. It was a common site to see evil spirits being driven away by making them kneel down infront of Thirumeni's photo and forcefully opening the eyes of the diseased to make them look onto the face of Thirumeni.
Several non-Christian brothers and sisters come regularly and pray here. All problems of evil spirit and black magic put on the innocent are removed by faithfully praying here. The Holy Qurbana is conducted in this chapel on all Saturdays from 0200 to 0300. Many miracles occurred to people who came here, were marriages took place, business improved and children were born to those who regularly took part in the Qurbana and prayed reverently.
Pampady Thirumeni's Photo in the Adupputty Church, all our prayers are heard if we believe and ask for it earnestly....
May the intercessory powers of Thirumeni continue to bless each one of us. Dear Thirumeni, please remember us in your prayers...