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The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is a church located at Velankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Devotion to Our Lady of Good Health of Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles: 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. The Basilica of St. ... Velankanni is the site of an important Christian shrine 12 km south of Nagapattinam on the Coromandel Coast, in Tamil Nadu, India. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Velankanni is the site of an important Christian shrine 12 km south of Nagapattinam on the Coromandel Coast, in Tamil Nadu, India. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... According to many religions, a miracle, derived from the old Latin word miraculum meaning something wonderful, is a striking interposition of divine intervention by God in the universe by which the operations of the ordinary course of Nature are overruled, suspended, or modified. ... Saint Mary redirects here. ... Christ is the English representation of the Greek word Χριστός (transliterated as Khristós), which means anointed. ... In a draw in a mountainous region, a shepherd guides a flock of about 20 sheep amidst scrub and olive trees. ... Buttermilk is the liquid left over after producing butter from full-cream milk by the churning process. ...


Although all three apparitions resulted in the erection of a shrine to our Lady, it was the promise of the Portuguese sailors that caused a permanent edifice to be built at Velankanni. The chapel was dedicated on the feast of the Nativity of Mary (September 8), the day of their safe landing. 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. Eastern Orthodox shrine Buddhist shrine just outside Wat Phnom. ... Velankanni is the site of an important Christian shrine 12 km south of Nagapattinam on the Coromandel Coast, in Tamil Nadu, India. ... A chapel is a private church, usually small and often attached to a larger institution such as a college, a hospital, a palace, or a prison. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... For albums named Pilgrim, see Pilgrim (album). ... Statue of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica Lourdes (Lorda in Occitan) is a town in the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France. ...


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