is 12 kms from Nagapattinam. Most important and revered Christian Pilgrim Center of the State. It is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Health’ and popularly known as ‘ Sacred Arogya Matha Church’.
Devotees believe Virgin Mary has miraculous healing Powers. Pilgrims of all faiths and religion come to this church to get the blessings of Our Lady of Health. The Church has an imposing façade with Tall Spires and the wings present the shape of a cross. The Legend goes like this: It is believed that Virgin Mary appeared before a shepherd and asked Milk to feed Infant Jesus. Since then the milk pitcher of this sphepherd never dried and kept filling with fresh milk always. Later at the end of 16th Century Virgin Lady appeared and cured a Lame Boy. It is after this miracle the Church was constructed. Lighting a candle and offering the same to Virgin Lady is the simplest form of Prayer. Velankanni is famous for its annual Feast of Our Lady celebrated as 10 days festival during August-September, starting
on 29th August. This festival attracts millions of pilgrim from all parts of India and the world irrespective of faith and religion. Devotees offer metal replica of the parts of the body, cured by Lady of Health on answering their prayer. Imbibing the Local Culture , Tonsuring of heads and ear-boring ceremony too are performed in this Church by the pilgrims. A Small Museum is attached to the church, which displays the collection of the offerings made by the faithful devotees. Museum Timings: 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
How to get there :
Nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli 165 Km from Velankanni. Nagapattinam Rail Head just 11 Kms from Velankanni, connects Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur and Chennai. Both Government and Private Transport systems are available to connect different Districts and Towns of Tamil Nadu.