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It is on the bank of river Pampa at Kozhenchery. The religious convention known as the MARAMON CONVENTION is held annually in February / March on the river bed at Maramon. This is the biggest religious gathering of the Christian in Asia.

Maramon and Kozhencherry, on the banks of the river Pampa, 16 kilometers east of Thiruvalla, have for centuries been recognized as centres of Christian culture and influence. This village which developed into a town has the added distinction of being the venue of a religious gathering known as Maramon Convention, said to be the largest Christian gathering in Asia. It is during the month of February on the vast sand-bed of the river Pampa, below the Kozhencherry Bridge that the Maramon Convention is held every year. About a week before the Convention, Christians from the parishes around Maramon are seen carrying Cadjan leaves and bamboo poles and other materials for erecting the convention pandal. The pandal has a seating capacity of about fifty thousand. All round the pandal there are temporary sheds and tents. Stalls for the sale of religious literature, church offices and restaurants are allowed to operate in the vicinity of the pandal.


The Maramon Convention is pre-eminently an assembly of Christians who once a year come here for listening to the Word of God as read and expounded by leaders of Christian thought, from all over India as well as abroad. Preaching and Bible studies occupy the major part of the conference programme. Along with the religious reading and discourse, singing of hymns and praying for the sick and needy are also held
 

   

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