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MASS CONVERSIONS AFTER MARTYRDOM – POPULARLY HAILED AS SAINT


Soon after death of the Servant of God, the turn of events took place, clearly indicating the great regard people had for Devasahayam Pillai:
  1. The places connected to his life and death became important places of pilgrimage by all people.
  2. Many interior villages of the present district of Kanyakumari witnessed mass conversions to Catholic Faith following the death of Devasahayam Pillai, just as the mission work of St. Francis Xavier was the main cause of conversions of the people along the coast.
  3. The name “Devasahayam” has become one of the popular names for Catholics or non-Catholic Christians in Tamil Nadu.
  4. From the years following his courageous death there are witnesses of poetry, folklore and drama, which as living traditions, have narrated from generation to generation the story of Devasahayam Pillai.