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Pampady Dayara,Kottayam, Kerala


Pampady is a beautiful village in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India. Majority of the people there belonged to Orthodox Syrian Christian Denomination. “Karinganamattom” Family is one such old time, famous Orthodox Syrian Christian Family, a branch of which is the “Moolakara” Family into which Our Thirumeni was born.
Due to the insistence of Vattasseril Thirumeni and Mathews Mar Ivanios of Kottayam diocese, Ramban was ordained as the Metropolitan on 16th February 1929 by the Late Moran Mar Baselious Geevarghese 11 Catholicose. This was the next day after which Baselious Thirumeni took over as the Catholicose. Hence Pampady Thirumeni is the first Metropolitan, H.H Catholicose consecrated. He has also presented the name ” Kuriakose Mar Gregorios”.
Pampady Thirumeni had a very close relationship with Bava Thirumeni. Pampady Thirumeni always used to carry a handkerchief and a key set. He made it a point to hand over the handkerchief to someone present there before visiting Bava Thirumeni as a token of respect. There should not be anything hidden from him. He never used to visit Bava Thirumeni showing his bare head. Bava Thirumeni also had a great affection towards Pampady Thirumeni. Even in his last days, in spite of failing memory, he used to inquire about Pampady Thirumeni.
Thirumeni used to help many high school and college students, without any one coming to know of it! One day a college student near Thiruvalla wrote a letter to Thirumeni, requesting for money to be given as the college fees. Thirumeni replied telling that he would do so. He remembered this the day before the last day of the payment and send the money through a person to the student. These incidents go on and on. Anyone who came to know Thirumeni would tell about these qualities in Him.

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