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Admire ornate white façade and tall red tiled roof of Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, a Gothic style church and home to one of the largest Roman-Catholic pilgrimage centers in the region. Popularly known as “Lourdes of the East”, the basilica is believed to perform wonders like protection from tsunamis and rescue from rough seas. Consecrated in 1962 by the Pope at the site of the original shrine built by Portuguese sailors in mid-16th century, the basilica boasts an annual visit of 3 million devotees. The basilica has three chapels and a small museum. Light a candle, get rosary beads and pray for the souls of your beloved ones. Add Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health to your Velankanni travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Velankanni vacation builder.
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This basilica has got it legacy which dates back to many years. It used to be the main pilgrim spot for cathoolics since long time. I used to visit Velankanni every year once during Feb- March time wh... more »
You go to velankanni, spend some time there, you will feel good. Mother mary will help us. Excellent coordination on all masses and all other activities more »
Must visit place in Velankanni. The church complex is huge but very well maintained. Quite a few options to stay in the church complex for Christians. Safe during night time also. more »
Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer’s home. While he rested under a Banyan tree near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son and the boy gave her some. On reaching the customer’s home, the boy apologized for his lateness and the reduced amount of milk by relating the incident that occurred on his way. On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and realized that something miraculous had happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting to see the place where the apparition occurred, accompanied the boy. When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again. On learning that it was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called "Matha Kulam" or Our Lady’s tank. Some years later Our Lady appeared again. This time to a crippled boy who was selling buttermilk near a public square on the outskirts of the same village of Vailankanni. She asked him for buttermilk for her infant Son and the boy compiled. Our Lady asked the boy to inform a certain wealthy Catholic man in the nearby town of Nagapattinam of her appearance. Not realizing that his crippled leg was miraculously cured by Our Lady, the boy rose up and began his journey. The man also had a vision the previous night in which Our Lady asked him to build a chapel for her. Together, the man and the boy returned to the site of the miracle. This time Our Lady appeared to both. The man erected a thatched chapel for Our Lady at the site of Her second appearance. This chapel became a holy place of veneration to Our Blesses mother and She was called henceforth, Mother of Good Health ("Arokia Matha"). A few years later, Our Merciful Mother rescued a few Portuguese merchant sailors from a violent storm, which wrecked their ship. When the merchants reached the shore of Vailankanni they were taken by local fisherman to the thatched chapel. To give thanks and pay tribute to Our Lady, they built a small permanent chapel on their return trip. On subsequent visits they improved on it. The merchants dedicated the chapel to Our Lady on September 8th to celebrate the feast of her nativity and to mark the date of their safe landing to Vailankanni.
The view of this chruch is magnificent! It's the really good they are renovating the back side of it and you can view church at all direction from this place like north,east ,west and south ! The blessings of mother Mary is highly recommended you can pray and light candles ! There will be a satisfaction and peace of mind once you enter this premises ! There is also mass at all regional languages and English conducted here daily !
The Roman Catholic Basillica is located in Velankanni, Tamil Nadu and is also nicknamed the ‘Lourdes of the East’. Several reports of supposed miracles have been attributed to this place, especially during the 16th century making it a major pilgrimage center for the Christians in India. The church is built with a remarkable gothic architecture, which was only added during the 20th century.
Great place to visit never believed that Miracles do happen until i visited myself .. every time we visit the shrine some good definitely happens in life i consider the land as a Holy Land of Mother Mary. can visit as many time as possible love being to his place
very very peaceful place one of my favorite place all the time. when i go here i feeling good. i love madha. mariye valga
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