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| Last Updated:: 13/06/2017

Velankanni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velankanni, is a town in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, 350 km south of Chennai (Madras) and 12 km south of Nagapattinam. 

 

 

The town is home to a significant Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is popularly known as the "Lourdes of the East". Its origins can be traced back to the 16th century. The church's founding is attributed to three miracles: the apparition of Mary and Jesus to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the survival of Portuguese sailors assaulted by a violent sea storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is built in the Gothic style, was modified by Portuguese and then further expanded later on due to the influx of pilgrims. The church building was raised to the status of basilica in 1962 by Pope John XXIII.  

 

 

 

Annually, 20 million pilgrims flock to the shrine from all over India and abroad, out which an estimated 3 million people visit the shrine during its annual festival from 29 August to 8 September. The 11-day annual festival concludes with the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velankanni has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velankanni

http://www.velankannichurch.com/index.html 

http://travelandtoursense.blogspot.in/2013/06/Velankannichurch.html