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Our Lady of Good Health

Our Lady of Good Health
Our Lady of Vailankanni
Holy Mother of Good Health
Location Velankanni, India
Date 16th and 17th century
Witness Young boy
Type Marian apparition
Holy See approval Pending approval by the Holy See
Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni, India
Feast day, 8 September

Our Lady of Good Health (Tamil: ஆரோக்கிய மாதா Ārōkkiya mātā), also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni, is a celebrated Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary believed to have appeared in Velankanni Town, Tamil Nadu, India.[1] According to traditional beliefs, the Marian apparition is said to have occurred to a young boy delivering milk to the neighbourhood when the Virgin Mary, carrying the child Jesus, is said to have appeared. This apparition has not been approved by the Holy See.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health erected by the Portuguese and the Indians stands at this site. The iconic depiction of the Madonna is unique in that it is one of two only icons where Mary is portrayed wearing an Indian Sari, while the other statue is said to have been buried with Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor .[2] The basilica is known as a site for pilgrims from all over India and its assembly of multilingual prayers every Christmas.[3]


  • History 1
  • Basilica 2
  • Feast day 3
    • Other churches and shrines 3.1
  • Movie 4
  • Gallery 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Though there is no historical document or record about the reputed apparitions of Mary at Vailankanni, only oral tradition ascertain the two apparitions in the 16th century and the saving of the Portuguese sailors from a tempest in the Bay of Bengal in the 17th century.[4]


Basilica (Extension) of Our Lady of Good Health

A Gothic-styled basilica stands in Velankanni in memory of the apparitions.

Feast day

September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, is also commemorated as the feast of Our Lady of Good Health. The celebration starts on 29th August and ends on the day of the feast.[5] The feast day prayers are said in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and English.

Other churches and shrines


A Tamil language movie was made in honor of Our Lady of Good Health with the title Annai Velankanni in 1971. The movie was directed by K. Thankappan, starring major stars of Tamil cinema including Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, K. R. Vijaya, and Padmini.[9]


See also


  1. ^ Vailankanni Church homepage
  2. ^ R.V. Smith Mother Mary... in a sari from The Hindu
  3. ^ "History of Vailankanni
  4. ^ History of the Basilica on its home page
  5. ^ Velankanni festival ends with feast mass on The Hindu news
  6. ^ Home page of the Church in Farla
  7. ^ entry
  8. ^ Tamil Church home page
  9. ^ IMDB entry on the movie

External links

  • Vailankanni Church website

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