They said a team of scholars from Belgium and Luxemburg, in collaboration with the Arnos Padre Academy here, was planning to promote Arnos Padre’s linguistic and poetic achievements. According to historians, the priest arrived in Surat in western India in 1700 and later proceeded to Kerala with the intention of combining missionary work with learning Sanskrit and Malayalam. He later founded Arnos House and Forane Church at nearby Veloor in 1724 and was the vicar there for over 20 years.
During his stay, he authored many books in Sanskrit and Malayalam and publicised the importance of Vedic literature in Europe, when learning Sanskrit was taboo for Non-Brahmins. The church at Veloor and his house, with priceless murals of immense architectural value, were declared monuments in May 1994 under the Kerala Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1968. To promote the place of activity like Pazhuvil where he died in 1732, Veloor, Ambazhakad and Sampaloor, very precise Google maps were prepared last year, Vielle said. They would be converted into tourists’ attractions in due course for indologists, scholars and researchers for knowing India’s culture and heritage, the scholar added.