Velankanni is a famous shrine of Our Lady of Health, situated in town shores of Bay of Bengal and district of Nagapattnam, Tamilnadu
I went to Velankanni the year after my dad’s death, along with my mother, sister, brother in law. My nephew, sunny Emmanuel who was still in school, at that time was very eager to come with us; we had already booked our tickets and were ready to depart, he worried so much that we purchased a ticket on the same day and took him along with us.
Sunny was a very loved and pampered child among all the children in our family – and I remember how much fun we had in his company. I found a few pictures of this trip and am glad to share here.
Then I went a few more times to this place after my marriage, then when my first child was born; and then when my son was born. This place has been a popular one in our family. As my mother in law and husband both are ardent devotees of Our Lady of Health – they prayed to Our Lady for the safe delivery of both of my children; that’s how my daughter is named as Maria Dorothy and my son was named as Mario Emmanuel. You will find information on this website .http://www.vailankannishrine.org/miracle.php
Now again two years ago we visited this shrine and it was a great experience; we went around the shrine for prayer services, and later during the day and in the evening hours we went shopping and spent time at the beach.
Each moment of the year has its own beauty…..… a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again. Ralph Waldo Emerson