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Praise the Lord - Glass painting illustration,Velankanni church, Tamil Nadu, India


Glass painting illustration,Velankanni church, Tamil Nadu, India
Glass painting illustration,Velankanni church, Tamil Nadu, India



Velankanni Church History and Architecture

Known as the ‘Lourdes of the East’, the Velankanni Church is one of the most revered pilgrimages for Catholics in India. The story of the church dates back to sixteenth or seventeenth century, once Mother Madonna is believed to possess appeared during this little village, with infant Jesus in her hands. She is said to have saved Portuguese sailors from a storm at the same time. It is believed that 3 miracles happened at the same time. These were – the appearance of Mother Mary with Jesus, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor and the Portuguese soldiers getting saved from a storm. Since then, this location has a large following. Every year, massive crowds visit the church to pay respects and seek blessings. About 20 million pilgrims travel to the church on a yearly basis. During the feast, virtually three million set foot on the sacred grounds.
The Church is built in a Gothic style. It is a grand white structure that has vestiges of Portuguese architecture as well. The church was given the status of Basilica by the Pope in 1962. The once thatched chapel is now an impressive building.

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