Full Video of Kuravilangadu Major Archiepiscopal Martha Mariam Archdeacon Pilgrim Centre.
The house where St. Alphonsa was born and brought up has become a Pilgrim Centre under the name “Alphonsa Bhavan”. In the year 1975, the FCC Deva Matha Province Changanacherry bought the birth house and the surrounding plot of land and converted it into a pilgrim centre. Keeping intact the main part of the birth house, a wonderful protective structure was built encompassing the house. A beautiful chapel also was put up in the same campus. The room where St. Alphonsa was born, the cot used by her, the history of the FC Congregation, the beautifully depicted 20 mysteries of the holy rosary etc. is added attractions to the pilgrims.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is located at the small town of Velankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. 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 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 are based 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 built by Portuguese sailors. More than 500 years later, the nine-day festival and celebration is still observed and draws 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. Source : wikipedia These photos are taken during our visit to this holy place in May 2015.
To know more, visit the website of Shrine Baslica, Vailankanni
I would like to share about the ancient and famous Puthuppally Church. I have visited this church many times, usually once in every year.
This ancient church renowned all over the world as “Puthuppally Pally” or “Puthuppally Valiyapally” situated on the eastern bank of the rivulet Kodoorar and beside the Puthuppally-Changancherry road about a kilometer away from Puthuppally junction was rebuilt, expanded or renovated five times during the past four and half centuries of its existence. Thousands visit the church throughout the year and particularly during the feast of St.George, including the 10 days preceding and succeeding it.
This church is famous for its traditions. The “Puthuppaly Perunnal” , annual feast of the patron saint, St. George being celebrated every year, is attended by hundred thousands of devotees belonging to various religions. This is a fine example of communal and religious harmony among people of this area.
This Church is famous for the powerful intercession of the patron saint, St. George and many people is believed to have received favours from God Almighty due to his intercession. It is firmly believed that Sahada (saint) protects those who take refuge, from serpents, ailments, and all kinds of dangers and troubles.