Velankanni Church, Velankanni
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Velankanni Church

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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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Shibu zachariah Thomas
  • Shibu zachariah Thomas
  • 17 Reviews

"Gives peace of mind" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Jagabar Deen
  • Jagabar Deen
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"Such wonderful experience, never to be missed" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  • Manoj Kumar
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"Awesome religious place"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Jaydev
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 9 Reviews

"Feel the blessing"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Dominic nayagam
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Worth during festival"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Worth visiting during the festive season, this is the most beautiful moment, Great place to be during season time.
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Machender
  • Machender
  • 2 Reviews

"The religious filled activities are more memorable"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Manuel c cherian
  • Manuel c cherian
  • 1 Review

"Famous for devotion to St. Mary"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • Johnson Gopal
  • 5 Reviews

"Big white church where water facility should be improved"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Deepak Kumar
  • Deepak Kumar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review

"Famous Church in South India"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 5 Reviews

"Gospel at Velankanni is awesome"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2014
In Vellankkani church the division of church was very good. You are transported to a different world.
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