Native Place

Kerala is a small state, a fairly narrow strip of land, 38, 863 sq. km. in area in southwest India, washed by the Arabian Sea in the west and protected in the east by a range of high mountains. Beautiful seawaters, high mountain ranges, and green forests and wavy coconut trees, Kerala has been called God’s own country.  Its population according to the 2001 census was 31,838,679. Kerala ranks first among the states of the Indian federal union with a literacy of 90.92%.
Having received Christian faith in the first century from the Apostle St. Thomas, Kerala’s population today is about 19% Christian.  Having three different rites, the Catholics belong to the particular Churches: the Syro-Malabar Church (to which Sr. Rani Maria belongs) Today, with the end of the foreign missionaries who once came to India in the wake of the western colonial expansion, it is mostly Kerala, and in particular the Syro-Malabar Church, that supplies the missionary personnel all over India, especially to northern and central India
Pulluvazhy is a small tranquil village of Kerala where spirituality, elegance of nature and cultural prosperity join hands. This religiously oriented little village is today proud of its chosen daughter Rani Maria. In her honour and to perpetuate her memory St. Thomas parish has constructed a museum named after her.  This parish church acts as the pivot of the spiritual, social, and cultural advancement of the people.