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Kerala is famous for its numerous places of worship that hold year-round festivals and celebrations. Be it temples, churches or mosques, each district in the state has important pilgrim centres that are visited by devotees all through the year.Of these the most famous pilgrim centre is the Sabarimala Temple in Pathanamthitta district. Mandalapooja (during November) and Makaravilakku (during January) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, Thrissur, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Cochin, Sree Padnamabha Temple, Trivandrum, Sree Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur are some of the famous temples in Kerala among many others. Christianity in Kerala is believed to be as old as the Christian era itself thus giving some ancient churches to Kerala. The Marys Forence Church the oldest church in Kerala, Malayattoor Church bearing the footprints of St Thomas or St Francis Churchthe first European church in Kerala are some of the most well-known churches here.It is believed that the Arab traders introduced Islam to Kerala, during the eighth or ninth century. The mosques in Kerala are generally covered structures comprising a large prayer hall in the centre with covered verandhas on all the sides. The mosques at Patalayini, the Jama-Masjid at Tannur, and the mosques at Ponnani, Malappuram, Jami-Masjid at Baypore in Kozhikode district, Mithqual mosque in Calicut, are some of the famous mosques.Click to view places within each district.

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