What Devasahayam Pillai’s sainthood means for Kanyakumari

A special prayer was conducted across the churches of Kanyakumari on May 15, when Pope canonized Devasahayam Pillai with sainthood. Photos: On special arrangement

The coastal city of Kanyakumari right at the tail end of India leads the country in many ways. For one, it is among the leading tourist destinations of the country and the top choice for those wanting to see sunrise and sunset over the ocean. Endowed with attractive tourist spots such as the Bhagavathy Amman Temple, Vivekananda Rock memorial, 133-feet Thiruvalluvar Statue and umpteen historic churches, Kanyakumari has recently received what locals call as “one more blessing”.

On June 5, even as tourists who flocked to Kanyakumari found themselves engrossed in sightseeing and walking along the beaches, the local Christians, who comprise about 61 per cent of the population, thronged the churches in larger numbers than what was usual for Sundays.