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Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni

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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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  • Amazing place to visit. It was whole new experience. Lot of people from different caste and religion visit this place. 
  • As a frequent traveler to velankkani as a religious devotee i have always found peace in Mother Mary. 
  • A ray of hope to lot of seekers, this placed to not restricted for catholics alone. People from all religions visit this place for various intentions. 
  • loved the shrine..environment... felt very spiritual.. will sure visit again.. :) ur prayers r alwyz vt us mama mary.. plz keep prayng 4 us.. loads of luv :))
  • Beautiful and divine. A must visit holy place. This time we went on Holy Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It was unlike the usual sight I have seen before. The pews were cleared and on the side. 100s of people were sleeping inside the church on bedsheets and in different directions and formations. Some were talking on the cell phones. We could pray to Jesus kept in a sleeping position (blood on his forehead). People were to congregate that evening for the night vigil before Easter. It is more of a mourning period but I must say honestly - the place didnot look clean and was not pleasing to the eye with people randomly sleeping. They should make some other other arrangments (Chatram style) instead of using the church main building for it. I was looking to sit on the pew and have a few moments of silence and calm, peace, prayer for myself. That did not happen. Dont forget to light a candle and write down your wishes at the sacred spot outside the church. Lot of handkerchiefs, threads and wish-papers are seen on it. On the road to the sea is the market to buy a memento. The Railway station is also in the form of a church. Interesting! Dont miss it.
  • Thank you mother gave this opportunity for us to have good health and very peaceful u more our basilica of our lady of good health give us more straight.. Amen
  • This is one of the bestest place. Everytime i visit our lady the kind of innerpeace i feel is unexplainable. The amazing architecture... Our beautiful mother mary and million zillion miracles by her ... I remember my childhood days visiting velankanni and it hasnt changed till date ... Im in awe of the place ... This is the place i find peace and i can talk to my eternal mother in person ! She is beautiful n so is her church ;) luv u mumma mary
  • Velankanni Matha church. Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is located at the small town of Velankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu. The Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health. Devotion to Our Lady of Good Health of Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles at sites around where the Basilica stands: the apparition of Mary and the Christ Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm. The chapel was built by Portuguese sailors. The shrine that started as a thatched chapel in the mid-sixteenth century became a parish church in 1771 when Catholics in India were under persecution from the Dutch. Later in 1962 it was granted a Special status of a Minor Basilica by Pope John XXIII.
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