Velankanni Church, Velankanni
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Velankanni Church

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Velankanni Church
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43 Ratings & 34 Reviews

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Deepak Kumar
  • Deepak Kumar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review

"Famous Church in South India"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It is one of the most famous Church in South India. In Christmas, you will find a huge crowd of people over there. This church is big and you will be enchanted. There are some shops also for buying different things.
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Bhushan Kancherla
  • Bhushan Kancherla
  • Lives in Vijaywada
  • 5 Reviews

"Gospel at Velankanni is awesome"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In Vellankkani church the division of church was very good. You are transported to a different world.
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Joseph
  • Joseph
  • 3 Reviews

"Pray without disturbance!"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The churches were really worth visiting and one can feel the calmness once inside the church. The peaceful atmosphere is the attraction. The cleanliness is something that is maintained throughout. There is one prayer hall with a dim light and there is pin drop silence, which was the most touching experience for me. Inside you can pray to the Lord freely without any disturbance.
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Joy
  • Joy
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit to Mother Mary Shrine."

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2014
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.
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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 Feb 26, 2014
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 proclaim their love to Jesus and next to the sand the is a pathway so other people can walk to the end. And there many churches around the main church.
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Freddy dominic Dass
  • Freddy dominic Dass
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit church for tourists"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2014
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 biggest Catholic convention center in India. The railways have helped with a railway station just a km away. We stayed at Clinton hotel with church facing rooms. The church offers pilgrims rooms at very affordable rates and is managed quite well. Daily mass is conducted in various languages and used the new church for morning English mass around 9 am. I would love to continue to visit the place every year and visit Poondy Matha church on the way back to Bangalore.
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Jesu anothony
  • Jesu anothony
  • 4 Reviews

"This is a very good church"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2014
It is one of the very, very powerful churches in the world.
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S a das
  • S a das
  • 4 Reviews

"A church with nice appearance"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2014
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.
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Reena gomes
  • Reena gomes
  • 3 Reviews

"Excellent place to be in"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2014
Peace and prayer are the mixture of this place. Despite the first day prayer was in local language and we could hardly understood anything still the feel of belonging and a feel of calm was felt. This is a place where anyone can visit with true faith and I am sure is worth a visit.
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Nilesh patel
  • Nilesh patel
  • 3 Reviews

"A different feeling"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2014
As I stood inside to attain the mass, it was like a dream coming true. It was a different feeling.
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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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