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VELANKANNI

Our lady of good health, popularly called " Our Lady of Velankanni" is in the small town of Velankanni (5000 residents) located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It id located 150 miles south of Madras in Tamil Naduand 5 miles south of Ngapattinam. Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to mankind. A strong oral tradition attests to Our Lady's apparitions at Velankanni.

Velankanni is fondly known as the 'Lourdes of the East' because like Lourdes in France, millions of pilgrims visit the Shrine throughout the year, praying to Our Lady for various needs and thanking her for the favors received through her intercession. Tradition recounts that Mother Mary appeared with the infant Jesus in this small hamlet at the end of the 16th or in the early 17th century. Every Since Velankanni is the most important destination and almost the synthesis of all Marian Sanctuaries for the pilgrims of the world. The crowds of pilgrims come here regardless of creeds and languages.