Velankanni Church, Velankanni
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Velankanni Church

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Sunday: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM , Public Holidays: 5.00 AM - 9.00 PM

Velankanni Church, one of the religious sites, is situated on the Bay of Bengal coast. The holy shrine was constructed in the memory of the Lady of Health, also known as the Madonna of Velankanni. She was renowned among the people for possessing miraculous powers. Dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother, this church is popular as a Sacred Arogya Matha Church.

According to the manuscripts, Mother Mary once visited this shrine with Jesus in the 16th or early 17th century. It is also said that Mary appeared in the dreams of Father Arulappa and expressed her desire of having a church in her name. For constructing the same, Arulappa along with J.P Dsouza, an engineer, finally established an Annai Velankanni Church at the site.

Housing a 97 feet Belfry, the church was started in 1971 and was opened in 1972. Offerings are made to God in the form of different shapes of candles, such as in case of jaundice, a liver shaped candle is offered. The preservation centre at the church exhibits small golden or silver replicas of the organs that have been presented to God after the disease has been cured.

Representing a Gothic style of architecture, the building of the church is painted white, while the roof is covered with red tiles. The church organises Holy masses in eight languages namely, English, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Konkani and Marathi.

The local people state that the Goddess performed three miracles at different sites, which provided a platform for construction of the Basilica. The premises of the church witnessed the appearance of Mary with the baby Christ, the rescue of the Portuguese sailors from the dangerous sea and curing a lame buttermilk vendor.

After the safe landing of the Portuguese sailors, they constructed a chapel whose annual feast is organised in the month of September as Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Jacob John

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  • Jacob John
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  564 readers

"New church is a masterpiece with modern architecture" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
The time when we went, the renovation work was in progress; hence could not enter from the main entrance. Hence we had to enter from other entrances. We could spend as much time as we wanted for the prayers etc. We could also attend the mass in the new church, the Morning star church. This new church is a masterpiece with modern architecture.
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John Felix

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  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews
  •  89 helpful votes
  •  6448 readers

"A special place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2015
This is our special place to visit with your prayers. We were gone for a prayer to accomplish. This is holy place, maintain silence and submit your prayers to the Mary.
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Shibu zachariah Thomas

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  • 18 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  6733 readers

"Gives peace of mind"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2014
The church visit will be meaningful if you read about the history of this church and go. Very peaceful in mind when you visit this place. Even though it is very crowded at times, it gives peace to your mind. Many places of importance are there in and around.
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  • 17 votes

Jagabar Deen

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  • Jagabar Deen
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  1978 readers

"Such wonderful experience, never to be missed"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
Velankkanni is the best place for spiritual and mind relaxing area. When you enter the land of Maria you realise great peace of mind. You can buy candles, sea food, corals, and even fancy items. You must go to the beach take a bath, it's such wonderful experience, never to be missed.
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Manoj Kumar

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  • Manoj Kumar
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  1985 readers

"Awesome religious place"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
I went with my newborn son, my wife to visit in life. It was really spiritual and awesome, I recommend strongly visiting.
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Jaydev

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 9 Reviews
  •  92 helpful votes
  •  17898 readers

"Feel the blessing"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2014
Words cannot describe the feeling when you enter this church. I have personally experienced a blessing upon praying here and it is one of the most blessed places in India.
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Dominic nayagam

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  • Dominic nayagam
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  2042 readers

"Worth during festival"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 10, 2014
Worth visiting during the festive season, this is the most beautiful moment, Great place to be during season time.
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Machender

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  2353 readers

"The religious filled activities are more memorable"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2014
Prayer filled place of mother Mary. The place where our prayers are answered. Heavenly presence of almighty. The cool breeze, the prayers, the religious activities are more memorable, peace of mind is the gift we experience.
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  • 16 votes

Manuel c cherian

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  • 1 Review
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  2006 readers

"Famous for devotion to St. Mary"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
Velankanni is a place famous for devotion to St. Mary and has become almost a synonym of Mary. I am a devotee of Mary and share her birthday. Whenever possible I visit her shrine.
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Johnson Gopal

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  62 helpful votes
  •  7999 readers

"Big white church where water facility should be improved"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
Two weeks back, all of the family members went there. Basically I'm not fond of god but for my mother I just went along with family. The Shrine, must take first development for the water. The water drums for pilgrimages were available in every turning but sadly, without water. It was really disappointing.
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