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Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, located at the small town of Velankanni, a pilgrimage spot in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health – Lourdes of the East
The Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health.
Devotion to Our Lady of Good Health of Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to the three miracles at sites around where the Basilica stands: the apparition of Mary and the Christ Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm.
These accounts of miracles are passed on to generation as on oral tradition and there are no written or attested records in support of them. The Holy See has not approved these apparitions.
The chapel was finally consecrated by the Portuguese sailors. The famous nine-day festival which has been celebrating for more than 500 years attracts nearly 2 million pilgrims each year.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni, also known as the “Lourdes of the East”, is one of the most frequented religious sites in India.