Grand Architecture of Velankanni

Velankanni : Standing tall, Surviving the Harsh blows

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Leaning tower of Velankanni
Leaning tower of Velankanni
Wonderful Architecture of Velankanni
Wonderful Architecture of Velankanni

Are you wondering about the leaning towers and curved pillars of Velankanni??! Gotta be some architectural marvel. eh?

Well I am really sorry for the misunderstanding that I caused you. They are not leaning towers or curved pillars. They are just an optical illusion or rather a faulty image. No, they are not edited.

I did this trip to Velankanni a few years ago when I had only my camera phone which happen to be my favourite camera till date. I already stated that fact in my old posts in which I showed you, my 3.2 mega pixel travels. From Tanjavur, I travelled to Velankanni with the same camera phone. That phone camera created this funny illusions when I clicked in a hurry.  The actual structure looks like this.

Not so lean towers
Not so lean towers

So lets go and see some decent pictures from the trip.

Welcome to Velankanni Church
Welcome to Velankanni Church
Welcome to Velankanni Church
Welcome to Velankanni Church

The first thing that anyone would notice is the beautiful architecture and the predominant white colour of the buildings which gives the place a more divine feel.

Grand Architecture of Velankanni
Grand Architecture of Velankanni

The town is home to a significant Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to God in the name of Our Lady of Good Health, Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.

Grand Architecture of Velankanni
Grand Architecture of Velankanni

The architecture gives it a kind of European look.  But behind this white divine look, this church has a story of survival to tell. And many sad stories of the people who lost their life during the Christmas Tsunami.

It was the year 2004.  Tsunami struck along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. In India, the most affected place was Tamilnadu.

Location of Velankanni
Location of Velankanni

You can see the location of Velankanni, in the map. Velankanni was badly hit during that tsunami. It was a Sunday and it was Christmas time. There were a lot of people in that church, that morning. Though water did not enter the shrine as it was built on high ground,  the receding waters swept away hundreds of pilgrims who were on the beach.

But now things are different.  They rebuilt everything. Everything looks beautiful now. A new life has started.

Beautiful Church at Velankanni
Beautiful Church at Velankanni
Beautiful Church at Velankanni
Beautiful Church at Velankanni

Pilgrims are coming in large numbers. Various prayers are offered. And the place is well landscaped and looks beautiful.

Beautiful Church at Velankanni
Beautiful Church at Velankanni

The Catholic Basilica devoted to Our Lady of Good Health is popularly known as the “Lourdes of the East”. And Velankanni is home to one of the India’s biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres. Pilgrims offer various kinds of prayers.

Very dedicated offering
Very dedicated offering

I saw some very dedicated prayers being offered. People walk on their knees over the walkway spread with sand all the way around 500-600 meteres, maybe more than that.

The way
The path
The starting point
The starting point
And the destination
And the destination

It was a very interesting trip to Velankanni.

There are some more pictorial memories from the trip.

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A compilation of failed and funny shots. Hope you have enjoyed the journey to Velankanni.


 

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Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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Rambling Rose

Was there in August – third trip there !! My mum’s favourite place and the family went there for her birthday.
I love the atmosphere .. and particularly the silent prayer room.

kutukamus

Illusion-wise, it would have been quite some architectural unusualness, if otherwise 🙂 (an impressive landmark, nevertheless). It’s amazing how a camera-phone, along with being such in a hurry, could do. >-I

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tinyexpats

I’m late this month with my round up (had an unexpected trip to Moscow), but I’m on it right now!
Beautiful church! I left Maldives a day before the tsunami in 2004. It was such a horrible time for so many people. Glad to see that life is back to normal there again!

Sri Kri

Loved the leaning tower photo.
Lovely architecture.

Ruchi

Beautiful architecture of this church!

LDG luciledegodoy

Wonderful effect! That almost made to the babel tower of India!
Thanks for sharing these beautiful images and interesting facts.

estelea

First I thought you finally decided to couch surf in the Philippines. But no, this beautiful church is Indian. You are very right to say that your country embraces diversity but I m always surprised to see churches. Thanks a lot for sharing all those very interesting infos and your pic.. Bah , you know Ji 🙂

diarystanam11x2

Had your 3.2 MP mobile cam images were real, it would have been more fun 😉
Remember that fateful day. Added “Tsunami” into many people’s dictionaries.

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