St. Xavier's Cathedral in Kanyakumari

The altar of St. Xavier's Cathedral is made out of real gold.

The altar of St. Xavier's Cathedral is made out of real gold. | Photo credit: Nachoman au/wikimedia

St. Xavier's Cathedral Overview

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St. Xavier's Cathedral, built during the 16th century, is a revered place in Kottar. This Roman Catholic Church is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, a professor from Paris, who was endearingly known as Valiya Pandaram. It is believed that during his stay in Kottar, he stopped the Padagas invasion on the Venad kingdom with just his Holy Cross. Quite pleased with this act, the king Unni Kerala Varma allotted him a huge area to build a church.

In 1930, the church was declared a cathedral and named as St. Xavier's Cathedral. Architecturally, this church is quite beautiful and its main highlight is the altar that has been made using gold. Inside this cathedral, the relics of St. Ignatius Loyola and Blessed Devasahayam Pillai along with St. Francis Xavier have been preserved.

The chapel of the cathedral, once used by St. Francis Xavier for praying, is now the place where Eucharistic Adoration is performed daily. Eucharistic Adoration is a religious practice wherein the blessed sacrament is shown to public. If you happen to visit the church during the months of November and December, you can witness the famous annual festival that is celebrated over ten days.

  • Opening Closing Time 8 am to 6 pm (Daily)

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Kottar, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, 629001, Tamil Nadu