|Edapally Old Church|
|St. George Forane Church, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala, India|
The statue of St. George placed prominently for worship at this church shows the Saint mounted on his horseback with his spear stabbing the dreadful head of the monstrous serpent lying under the hooves of his horse. It is believed to be symbolic of the faith and courage of the Saint who subdued the devil. There is also Italian legend that the Saint was rescuing a gracious damsel who was presented to the monster as his daily share of food. St. George is a great symbol of well-liked faith and a reliable source of assistance.
The water from the well adjacent to the church is believed to have miraculous healing power. Devotees drink the water or bathe their heads and faces with this water. Many take it home in bottles. The faithful also collect the soil from the churchyard and take it home. They sprinkle the blessed soil and water in their houses and yard. It is believed that by doing so the protection from snake bites is assured. Many give witness to this effect.