Eldho Mor Baselios

Eldho Mor Baselios or Maphryono Mor Baselios Yeldho or Eldho Bava, was born in Bakhdida near Mosul in Iraq where Mort Shmoni and her 7 children suffered martyrdom. At a young age he joined the Mor Bahnan Monastery and become a monk.In 1678 he was consecrated Maphryono (Catholicos) by the Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Abdul Masiha I.

Maphryono Baselios Eldho was proclaimed as a saint by Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignathius Zakka Iwas 1st in 1987.

Travel to India

In 1685 at the age of 92, he started the difficult mission to India at the request of Mor Thoma II of Malankara who informed the

Mission in India

His mission was to reorganise the East Syrian Christians, and train them in the new West Syrian faith. Mar Thoma II was the lone Metropolitan in Malankara and needed assistance.Knowing about the situation prevailing in Malankara, Maphryono Mor Baselios Yeldho, who was above 90 years of age, volunteered for the service, relinquishing his administrative charges in Iraq. [3]


Soon after reaching Kothamangalam, he consecrated Mar Evanios Episcopa and gave him the title, Metropolitan Mar Evanios Hidayuttullah (entombed at Mulanthuruthy Marthoman Church).On September 27, he received the last sacraments of anointment with Holy Oil . Two days after (on Kanni 19, which is September 29, 1685) in the afternoon, the saintly father died at the age of 92.

Feast at Kothamangalam

Eldho Mar Baselios was declared a saint on 1947 November 5, by Catholicos Kanni 20 Perunnal".In north malankara it is a common practise among the faithful to name their new born babies as ‘Eldho’ or ‘Basil’ during baptism. The parents believe that by doing so, the saint will protect their children from all evils. Mass baptisms are common in this parish particularly on Saturdays.

Feast at Pazhanji Palli

Every year on October 2 and 3 the feast of the saint is celebrated as a great festival at Pazhanji Palli[5]


External links

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  • www.stbasilsboston.org
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