Saturday, April 27, 2019

Velankanni Church, Besant Nagar, Chennai

Velankanni Church, Besant Nagar, Chennai
Velankanni Church is situated in the famous Eliot's beach in Besant Nagar in Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the important monuments of Chennai city. Devotees worship Mother Mary as 'Lady of health' in this church. This church is also famously known as ''Sacred Arokiya Madha Church'. The location of the church is also easily accessible from any part of Chennai as people from various parts of Chennai visit the church regularly.

In 1971, this Church was a substation of St Louis Church, Adyar. Fr PT Arulappa, the then Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Adyar started Our Lady of Velankanni Church. The Archbishop of Madras Mylapore, Most Rev Dr R Arulappa, erected it as a separate Parish in 1973. The imposing 97 feet belfry was declared open by the then Chief Minister Dr M Karunanidhi 27th August 1972. On 15th August 1985 a bigger Church was blessed and consecrated by Archbishop Most Rev Dr R Arulappa. By the efforts of Rev Fr PJ Lawrence Raj, several extensions and renovations were made to this Shrine.

A beautiful community hall, stalls, Museum and class room blocks were constructed. In May 2000, nearly 8 grounds were purchased and a beautiful stage was erected and dedicated to Jubilee 2000. In 2001 a small Chapel for the blessed Sacrament was built. In 2002 a grotto depicting the miracles of Our Lady of Good Health was created. In 2003, Mother Mary’s Square and Reconciliation Chapel was constructed. From 2000 to 2003, 3 grounds were purchased in which the new Convent building stands. On 8th September 2005 this Church was decreed as a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Madras Mylapore by the Most Rev Dr AM Chinnappa SDB, Archbishop of Madras Mylapore.
The Church
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Church Timings
Working Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on all days
1st Saturday & All Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Velankanni Church,
Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar,
Chennai – 600 090
Phone: +91 44 2491 1246 / 2446 6923
The Church is located at about 350 meters from Besant Nagar Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Indira Nagar Railway Station, 3.5 Kms from Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station, 7 Kms from Little Mount Metro Station, 14 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 14 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 17 Kms from Koyambedu Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and 16 Kms from Chennai Airport. Besant Nagar is well connected to all parts of Chennai by all means of Transport.