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 holidayIQ travellers feel about the cleanliness of this attraction.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.