Sunday, November 9, 2008

Devasahayam Pillai Birth Place - Nattalam 1

Name : Nattalam (Birth Place of Devasahayam Pillai) , Kanyakumari District

Location : Nattalam is 4 km south of Marthandam.

Marthandam is 45 km from Nagercoil and situated
on the Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram

Devasahayam Pillai was an 18th century convert from
Hinduism to Christianity

Born in the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom, he was an official
in the court of the Travancore king, Maharaja Marthanda Varma,
during which time he came under the Christian influence of a
former Dutch naval commander, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy.
He is believed by Roman Catholics to have been martyred.

In 2004, the Roman Catholic Church in India recommended
Devasahayam Pillai for the process of beatification to the Vatican.

Shrine built by Fr.S.Joseph at Nattalam , birth Place of Devasahyam Pillai

Stone showing that Bishop Marianus Arokia Samy, Bishop of Kottar
blessed the shrine on 30.12.1976.

Ruins of his home, opposite to the shrine

Picture of Devasahayam pillai inside the shrine Download As PDF

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