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History Our lady of Good Health, popularly called "Our Lady of Vailankanni" is
in the small town of Vailankanni (5000 residents) located on the shores of the
Bay of Bengal. It is located 150 miles south of Madras in Tamil Nadu and 5 miles
south of Nagapattinam. Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to
mankind. A strong oral tradition attests to Our Ladys apparitions at
Vailankanni(Velankanni). The tradition is built around the following three
significant events

Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to
a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customers home. While he rested under a Banyan
tree near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son
and the boy gave her some. On reaching the customers home, the boy apologized
for his lateness and the reduced amount of milk by relating the incident that
occurred on his way. On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and
realized that something miraculous had happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting
to see the place where the apparition occurred, accompanied the boy.

When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again. On learning that it
was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic
community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called
"Matha Kulam" or Our Ladys tank.

Some years later Our Lady appeared again. This time to a crippled boy who was
selling buttermilk near a public square on the outskirts of the same village of
Vailankanni. She asked him for buttermilk for her infant Son and the boy
compiled. Our Lady asked the boy to inform a certain wealthy Catholic man in the
nearby town of Nagapattinam of her appearance. Not realizing that his crippled
leg was miraculously cured by Our Lady, the boy rose up and began his journey.
The man also had a vision the previous night in which Our Lady asked him to
build a chapel for her. Together, the man and the boy returned to the site of
the miracle.
This time Our Lady appeared to both. The man erected a thatched chapel for Our
Lady at the site of Her second appearance. This chapel became a holy place of
veneration to Our Blesses mother and She was called henceforth, Mother of Good
Health ("Arokia Matha").

A few years later, Our Merciful Mother rescued a few Portuguese merchant sailors
from a violent storm, which wrecked their ship. When the merchants reached the
shore of Vailankanni they were taken by local fisherman to the thatched chapel.
To give thanks and pay tribute to Our Lady, they built a small permanent chapel
on their return trip. On subsequent visits they improved on it. The merchants
dedicated the chapel to Our Lady on September 8th to celebrate the feast of her
nativity and to mark the date of their safe landing to Vailankanni.

Today, the celebration of this feast is an annual festival which lasts for 9
days and draws more than a million and a half pilgrims. Vailankanni attracts
more pilgrims than any other sacred shrine in India. Not only do multitudes of
Catholic travel there throughout the year but many non-Christians visit as well.
Hundreds of miraculous cures are reported every year

And the Lord will take away all your sickness and will not let you suffer any of the diseases of Egypt you remember so well; he will give them all to your enemies-Deuteronomy 7:15
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