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