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In the 15th century, after the Portuguese discovered the sea-route to Kerala, the Catholic faith thrived along the coasts. Every day the lame boy used to sit under a banyan tree at a place called ‘Nadu Thittu’ central mound and sell butter-milk to the thirsty wayfarers. Thousands of devotees throng her shrine at Vailankanni , in Tamil Nadu , deemed basilica by the Roman Catholic Church in They constructed a larger chapel at their landing spot in Vailankanni. The storm subsided and the men on board were saved. Having been already directed in a vision by Our Lady, the Catholic gentleman, with the support of the people, built a Chapel at ‘Nadu Thittu’ where now stands the present Shrine Basilica.

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Night view of the basilica facade, facing the eastern side, Bay of Bengal. Centuries of devotion to Mother Mary both by Hindus and Christians have evolved an amalgamation of practices borrowing elements from both religions. She is the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, and she is draped in sari.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni is also known as “the Lourdes of the East” because it is one of the most frequented pilgrimage centres in India. The story goes that in the 16th century, a cowherd was on his way to the market to sell milk when he stopped to drink water from a pond and rest under a banyan tree.

A woman appeared before him bearing a child in her hand and asked for some milk for her child. They landed safely in the area associated with Our Lady of Good Health. They bow to her, stretch out their hands to her, lie on their face before her, crawl to her shrine, sing songs of her glory, weep in joy, shave their heads and offer her flowers, saris and candles as velakanni expression of their devotion, for she is the Lady of Mry Health.


Virgin Mary in Vailankanni

Clemente das Dores Oct. These apparitions have not been approved by the Holy See. The first apparition is mry to have occurred in the mid-sixteen century, when a local Hindu shepherd boy was performing his usual duty of carrying milk from Vailankanni to his master at Nagapattinam. The second Marian apparition is said to have happened innot far from Matha Kulam.

Taman Sakura Indah, Jl. After giving her the milk, he continued on his way, and upon making the delivery discovered that the jug was now completely full of fresh, cool milk. Camilo Fernandes Jun. Although all three apparitions ultimately resulted in the erection of a shrine to our Lady, it was the promise of the Portuguese sailors that was the proximate cause of a permanent edifice belankanni built at Vailankanni. The Basilica is built in the Gothic style of architecture.

They vowed to build a Church in her name, wherever they could land on. Vailankanni which had been a substation of Nagapattinam Parish, was raised to the status of a Parish.

About Our Lady of Velangkanni (Annai Velangkanni)

The boy gave her his pot of milk. Taking a trip to Velankanni, to find solace in Mother Mary”. Amongst these include the practice of tonsuring their heads as an offering and also perform ear-boring ceremony, bathing in the sea, walking on knees or rolling in the shrine as a ritual. It is quite possible that before the shrine of Maary Lady of Good Health, this was a local goddess shrine, either tribal, or Hindu, or Buddhist, or Jain, or all of these over centuries.


In the 15th century, after the Portuguese discovered the sea-route to Kerala, the Catholic faith thrived along the coasts. Virgin Mary is depicted wearing a sari.

During his travels, the boy stopped to rest beside a lake that was shaded by a Banyan tree. These accounts are mere oral lore with no written record or attested sources to support them. After feeding her son, she returned the pot, thanked the cowherd, and disappeared. The movie was directed by K. Celebration velananni the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Health.

When he reached the home for his milk delivery, he apologised for the delay and that there would be less milk in his pot. She asked for milk in both of her apparitions at Vailankanni. The Mass is conducted in at least eight languages: Placing the milk-pot near the banyan tree by velankanbi water pond, the boy fell into an unusual slumber, only to be startled to his feet by the sweet vision of mwry beautiful Lady holding in mray hand a most charming child of divine appearance.

Francisco Xavier Mascarenhas Aug.