FESTIVAL CELEBRATION DETAILS:
FACILITIES THAT NIRMALAGIRI
PROVIDES FOR THE PILGRIMS:
Every pilgrim expects certain indispensable facilities in a pilgrimage
center they are: security, transportation, Medical Aid, Electricity, water
and sanitation. All these above mentioned needs are taken care of by the
concerned departments of the Government and met by the festal committee
Every pilgrim wants to enjoy the good things of life. A pilgrim goes for a
pilgrimage in search of piety. By participating in the Eucharistic
celebration one earns merit and seeks for self - purification. So much so,
this kind of faith uplifts the soul. With this intention the Eucharistic
celebrations are arranged at regular intervals. At the final day of the
feast, the Eucharistic celebration is officiated by Bishops along with many
priests. During the Eucharistic celebrations, the Bishops and the priests,
instruct the pilgrims to be faithful to their vocation, to lead a life that
is pleasing to God and to love ones neighbor unconditionally.
Charismatic prayer services:
Every ones life is based on disciplinary resolutions. When a person is
caught up between the devil and the deep sea, one pleads for the help of
God. So many pilgrims come with different problems, since pilgrimage is a
place where man meets God and seeks solutions for his/her problems. To
facilitate the pilgrims to have solutions for their problems, the
Charismatic prayer services are being conducted in the shrine church for
three full days. The outcome of these charismatic prayer services are that
many pilgrims witness the cure of their ailments, taking firm resolutions to
be more holy, resolved to lead a very good family life and sincerely
repenting for their sins. In these days many priests are set a part to hear
the confessions of the faithful.
(iii) Cultural programs:
Culture plays a very dominant role in shaping personality of a person.
Culture is none other than the removal of ‘roughness’ and ‘toughness’
from the nature. Every society exhibits its culture in the form of art,
dance and music. Art is the portrayal of one’s mind; dance is the
perfect bending of one’s body and music is the perfect blending of one’s
voice. The students belonging to nearby institutions and schools are
given chance to exhibit their talents in the form of dance and music.
The pilgrims are immersed deeply in these cultural evenings and forget
themselves for a while.
stories Enactment (Dramas):
The Biblical stories or Dramas are acted by famous stage experts from Andhra
Pradesh. The Biblical themes are enacted always. These stage plays indicate
certain realities which are very relevant to Christian life. These are
filled with ethical meanings and bring out the indispensable Gospel values:
prevailing over the mighty enemy (David and Goliath: I Sam Ch:17), asking
strength from God to destroy God’s enemies (Samson and Delilah Judges Ch:16)
God answers the poor men’s plea (The Rich Man and Lazarus: Lk Ch: 16:19-31),
standing for social Justice (Beheading of John the Baptist: Mk Ch 6:14-29;
Mt Ch; 14:1-12) The compassionate God (The parable of the prodigal and His
Brother. Lk Ch 15:11-32), the suffering, death and Resurrection of Son of
God (Passion of Christ based on the four Gospels). The crowning of sincere
servant (life of Joseph O.T Gen Chs:37-50), the suffering and crowning of
the great Missionary (Life of St. Paul based on Acts Chs: 9-28) and the life
of St. Thomas, the Apostle of Indies.
The word Tirunalla means Holy Day. It comes from the Dravidian Language. In
South India the people call the Festival Days of the Shrine as Tirunall. It
is a Holy and enjoyable day for them. On these days the pilgrims expect
special blessings and grace from ABOVE.