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Nuestra Señora de Cocharcas

Reduscubramos Admirabilis: La devocion mariana en el Peru. Austin: La Catedral, 1999.




Nuestra Senora de Cocharas was a replica of Virgin of Copacabana from Bolivia. The replica was commissioned in 1598 by Sebastian Quimichi at Andahuaylas, in thanksgiving for miracles granted by the image in Bolivia. Other replicas were soon commissioned. The image was adopted quickly by the Peruvian people, soon only to be known as Cocharas. 

There is an annual festival at Andahuaylas which takes place from September 6th to the 10th, organized by devotees of the image named the quimichos, who carry the image through the streets in the area known as Cocharcas.  

She is known throughout Peru as the traveling virgin, and is associated with the rains and the fertility of the Earth. 

Years after the enthronement, the devotion gave rise to a pictorial representation of novel iconography, where she is shown in a pallium at the time of procession, surrounded by scenes of formal treatment.

Other titles include: Virgen de Cocharcas, Sanctified Virgin of the Cocharcas. The spellings of Cocharas and Cocharcas are used interchangeably. 

Mary in Our Life: Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion

 Mater Admirabilis: La devocion mariana en el Peru 

Researched by Corinne M. Woodruff

Popular Devotions


Annual Festivals held in her honor, including pilgrimages. 

Hail Mary

Dios te salve, María. 
Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. 
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. 
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús. 
Santa María, Madre de Dios, 
ruega por nosotros pecadores, 
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. 


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