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St. Mary's Church, Maradu
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Maradu is a municipality in the district of Ernakulam in Kerala, India. It is located at about 7 km (4.3 mi) from the city center. It was formed in May 1953 as a Grama Panchayath and was upgraded to the level of municipality in November 2010. National highways NH 85, NH 966 B and NH 66 passes through Maradu and has played a vital role in the development of the area. Maradu is well connected by waterways as well.
As of 2001[update] India census, Maradu had a population of 40,993. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Maradu has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 87%, and female literacy is 83%. In Maradu, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The famous festival in Maradu is the "Thalappoli Maholsavam", otherwise known as "Maradu Vedikkettu" or "Marattil Kottaram Baghavathy Kshethram." It is usually in February–March.
It is the biggest "Fire Works" in Ernakulam district. This festival is conducted by 2 committees known as "Vadakke Cheruvaram" (North side of the Temple) and "Thekke Cheruvaram" (South side of the Temple).
Another festival is "kavadiattam" in which people will dance with Kavadi on their head during the last festival day of Sree Subramanya Swami temple, festival comes in the month of January - February Festival of Lord Siva in the Temples Ayani Siva Kshethra and Pandavathu Siva Kshethra, and festival in Nettoor Juma Masjid Mosque. Nettoor Shiva temple comes under this municipality. The Famous Festivals in Maradu are The Death Anniversary Celebration of The Saintly Priest Vakayilachan (Fr. George Vakayil) on 4 November of Every Year. Thousands of Devotees Participated in The "Nerchasadya" and Holy Mass and on that day. 'Achan Punyalan' Fr. George Vakayil was declared as Servant of God on 1 September 2013 at St. Mary Magdalene Church Maradu Moothedam by Metropolitan Archbishop His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Francis Kallarakkal.
Three National highways pass through the municipality (NH 66, NH 85, NH 966 B). Presence of the National Highways and the close proximity to Kochi city brought the area under the radar of investors and is one of the fastest growing areas in Kochi. Maradu also houses two 5 star hotels, "Le Meridian" & "Crown plaza" in addition to several other 2 and 3 start hotels. Maradu is also quite famous for its string of automobile show rooms which include the likes of Mercedes Benz, AUDI, Volvo, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Porsche, JLR (Jaguar, Land Rover) and Mitsubishi. Several other high rise buildings and malls are also coming up alongside the highway stretch. capital Forum Mall of prestige group is under construction on Kochi bypass near Kannadikadu
NH 66(kochi bypass/Panavel kochi Kanyakumari highway),NH 85(Kochi Madurai highway) and NH 966 B (Kundanoor Willingdon highway) intersects at Kundanoor Junction.There is also an underpass in Kundanooor. There is an urgent need for a flyover in Kundanoor on NH 66 bypass considering the intense traffic roadblock
Maradu municipality oversees the development and administration of Maradu region. Maradu municipal office is located in Kundanoor on KRL road.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.