Velankanni Church, Velankanni
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Velankanni Church

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in Velankanni
Velankanni Church
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38 Ratings & 31 Reviews

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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31 traveller reviews for Velankanni Church

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Joy
  • Joy
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit to Mother Mary Shrine."

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The pilgrimage was worth it because we had a chance to visit the historic Mother Mary Shrine Of Velankanni. Since our hotel was located near the shrine, it was a good visit and did not require much time! Even the Railway Station was near by. More
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George kuruvilla
  • George kuruvilla
  • 2 Reviews

"The church is obviously the best church I have ever seen"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Well I went to Velankanni to just see the church and it was worth the trip it is so beautiful and there is one thing called THE WAY OF THE CROSS it is a long pathway in the middle there is sand where people crawl to the end of the path so....... More
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Freddy dominic
  • Freddy dominic
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit church for tourists"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have been visiting this place for the last 25 years and it seems to be improving every year for the pilgrims comfort. The holy well area has got bigger and a massive convention center was getting finishing touches. I guess it will be the....... More
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Jesu anothony
  • Jesu anothony
  • 4 Reviews

"This is a very good church"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is one of the very, very powerful churches in the world. More
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S a das
  • S a das
  • 4 Reviews

"A church with nice appearance"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Our visit to church was very special. Never before had I felt such a peace of mind. The appearance and location of church was very good. More
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About Velankanni Church

    • 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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