Velankanni Church, Velankanni

Velankanni Church

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About 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.

What travellers are saying about Velankanni Church

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

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Divya prathima

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  • Divya prathima
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  537 readers

"Divinity on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2017
This place cannot be described easily because whatever is told about it is less. The power of mother Mary's intercession unites people from all faiths and walks of life. The apparitions rekindle our faith in the presence and power of the divine in our lives. I condemn the commercialisation of this place and reckon that every believer will receive soul food at their visit here.
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Elamma Varughese

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  • Elamma Varughese
  • Lives in Himatnagar
  • 8 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  7244 readers

"Our Lady of Health"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
The Church has two three stories of miracles. People come from all over India for various prayers and blessings. It is very beautifully built. There is also FREE counseling centre in the premises where you can speak to sisters about your worries and seek advice with prayers. Do visit at least once in a year..
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  • 4 votes

Denny Paul

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  • Denny Paul
  • Lives in Vasai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3196 readers

"A good holy place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
Visit and your will feel great. Its the place of mother mary. Pray and all your needs will be answered. This is a nice place to visit and feel holy and at peace.
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  • 4 votes

Sunil Pinto

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  • Sunil Pinto
  • Lives in Thane
  • 13 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  17004 readers

"A divine surrounding"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
The most peaceful place, inspire of the rush you find the peace in the holy shrine. The divinity just surrounds you and you can spend hours contemplating and praying. You are always left in awe when you see the statue of our Lady. The architecture of the church is fascinating.
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  • Abraham
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4960 readers

"Church to watch in India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2015
It is a very calm and peaceful place. We can feel a sought of happiness once we enter the premices. The church with its mass and people, also the stalls are nice to see. It is a must watch place. Many people with different problems come here and get it relieved.
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Vom Ragnborg

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  • Vom Ragnborg
  • Lives in Kolaara
  • 18 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  5918 readers

"Peace and Serenity"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2015
Nothing to beat the peace and serenity one feels in the shrine, one has to experience it. Even when it is heavily crowded you don't feel the crowds. Keeps drawing us back!
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Rajesh Mani

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  • Rajesh Mani
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3981 readers

"Nice Church with well architect"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2015
Well architect, we visited many times. Though it is church, other religious people too visiting often. We recommend others to visit there. It can be reached by Train or Flight.
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Anthony Rupert

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  • Anthony Rupert
  • Lives in Shillong
  • 2 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5403 readers

"Beautiful church construction"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 16, 2015
Yes the visit was worth and most of my wishes were fulfilled. So I have planned to visit again in the next year. To visit the church it is good during the morning hours and evening hours when the sun is down.
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Inquisitive  Traveller

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  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  8405 readers

"A serene atmosphere"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2015
Visit the shrine and find yourself to be in the most calm and serene atmosphere of all. Pray, introspect, meditate you will feel the heaven and God.
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Jacob John

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  • Jacob John
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  32341 readers

"New church is a masterpiece with modern architecture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 22, 2015
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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