Velankanni, Nagapattinam , Tamil Nadu, India
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is a Marian shrine or church, located at the coastal town of Velankanni in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is one of its gems when it comes prominent religious site in Velankanni for tourists and home to several Catholic pilgrimage sites. The origins of this church can be traced back to the 16th century and its 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. The shrine is not just only representing Catholicism but is also a place for Protestants Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhism, and other religions. The church also organizes its weekend and daily masses in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, keeping the both native and tourist pilgrims into mind. As the places is on the coastal of Bay of Bengal, It is one of the must visit pilgrims site in the region. Velankanni is located at approx 14km from Nagapattinam, 162km from Puducherry, 243km from Madurai, 313km from Chennai, 481km from Bengaluru, 545km from Kochi.
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