Our Lady of Vailankanni Church Festival 2013
Velankanni Festival is celebrated annually from August 29th to September 08th at the renowned Roman Catholic Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health. This Virgin Mary Church is the ‘Courdes of the East’ or also popularly known as ‘Sacred Arockia Madha Church’ is believed to have miraculous power of healing. Our Lady of Vailankanni church is located at Velankanni in Nagapattinam District, Tamilnadu State in India on the Coromandel Coast. “Our lady of Good Health” shrine is one of the most visited pilgrim centres in India.
Celebration of Velankanni Festival
The celebrations which begin on August 29 attract thousands of pilgrims each seeking good health and wellbeing. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The entire town is illuminated with lamps. The flag of our lady is hoisted every day during these nine days of the novena the feast. Another important event during the festivities is the car procession that takes place at 8 p.m. every day. Every day after the car procession cultural are held in an open auditorium near the shrine.
Our Lady of Vailankanni church is believed that one is cured of any sickness when one who offers prayers with a true faith. This shrine draws pilgrims from all over the world where not only Christians but also the people of other faiths (Hindus, Muslims, etc)come to this church to pray.
Security Blanket for the Festival
The Police have planned to enhance surveillance measures in and around of the area by deploying additional police personnel and high speed motor boats and installing giant air balloon equipped with cameras to ensure a safe celebration. Besides, special control room would also be set-up to assist devotees and to monitor suspicious persons.
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