Kuninji is a small village, seven kilometers north to Ramapuram which is well known in Kerala history on account of well known persons like Ramapurathu warrier , Lalithambika Antharjanam and great personalities in church history such as Paremmakkal Thoma Kathanar and Blessed Kunjachan. Kuninji is in Idukki District and its border touches Kottayam and Ernakulam districts. Kuninji is in purapuzha panchayat and its border touches Ramapuram, Veliyannoor, Palakuzha and Karimkunnam panchayats. This tiny village is surrounded by tall green hills on all sides and the panoramic scenery is very beautiful and attractive to tourists. The long view from the top stations of greenery hills to Cochin, the queen of Arabian sea is an exclusive awe inspiring experience to the nature lovers.
Even from the distant past centuries people migrated settled in Kuninji. Due to epidemics and other natural calamities people devastated from this region and it became forest. In 19th and 20th centuries people from Ramapuram, Kuravilangad, Athirampuzha and Palai again migrated and settled here.
St. Antony’s statue of Paduagiri Palli
The miraculous statue of St. Antony of Paduagiri church has a glorious history. The statue of st. Antony holding a Cross in hand is unique and is seen no where in the world. St. Antony of Padua is one of the most honoured of all saints. An amazing fact about the saint is that he was canonized in less than one year after his death. He was a great preacher and a fine orator of the middle ages. He was appointed to preach the gospel all over Italy by the Second Christ St. Francis of Assissi. People gathered around him to hear his gospel messages in huge numbers. When there were none to hear him he went out and preached to fishes at the sea shore.
The statue of Paduagiri is the Preaching St. Antony. The statue holding the cross of salvation in his right hand and the Infant Jesus in his left hand proclaims the Love of God to every men and women who comes to him which makes repentance in the minds of the devotees and fill their life with His blessings in abundance from the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4/19.
The angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord" Lk 2/10-11
Christmas comes to us with the message of the love Jesus. He is coming to the world to live with us. He took birth in a manger. So that he identify himself with the poor, down trodden and marginalized. He shares the sorrows, distress, agony and sufferings of the mankind. We are living in a world of selfishness. We are reluctant to consider and accept others especially who are realy in need of our support and help. Christian faithful are persecuted in different parts of the world in the name of faith. Ethnic violations and tortures are becoming common. He is the promised who came to wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying , nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. Revl: 21/4.
Wish you all A HAPPY CHRISTMASS AND A PROPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Fr. George Pottackal, Vicar