Annai Velankanni Shrine – Besant nagar

Our Lady of Health
Annai Velankanni


Annai Velankanni Shrine
Besant Nagar
Elliots Beach Road,
Chennai – 600 090.

Brief History

In 1971, this Church was a substation of St Louis Church, Adyar.Fr PT Arulappa, the then Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Adyar and a great Missionary started Our Lady of Vailankanni Church under trying conditions.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.

Mass Timings
 Holy Mass
  •  Weekdays(Mon to Fri)
06:30 a.m. Tamil
11:00 a.m. Tamil
06:00 p.m. Tamil
  •  First Friday
06:30 a.m. Tamil
07:30 a.m. English
11:00 a.m. Tamil
06:00 p.m. Adoration & Mass in English
in the small Church
06:00 p.m. Adoration & Mass in Tamil
in the big Church
  •  Saturday
06:15 a.m. Tamil
07:30 a.m. English
11:00 a.m. Tamil
06:00 p.m. Tamil
  •  First Saturday
05:30 a.m. Tamil
06:30 a.m. Tamil
07:30 a.m. English
10:30 a.m. Tamil
12:00 noon Tamil
05:15 p.m. Tamil
  •  Sunday
04:00 a.m. Tamil (1st Sundays)
06:15 a.m. Tamil
07:45 a.m. English (for children)
07:45 a.m. English
09:00 a.m. Tamil (for children)
09:00 a.m. Tamil
10:30 a.m. Malayalam (2nd Sunday)
12:00 noon Tamil
05:30 p.m. Tamil
06:30 p.m. English


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66 Responses to “Annai Velankanni Shrine – Besant nagar”

  1. Nancy Ramkumar

    Dear Mary mum,    Please bless me, my husband and my daughter, vr very happy in the name of yours, now v need a good job with sufficient salary and my husband wants to achieve in his career, so please bless us to fulfill our need, please mum be with us always and never let us down……. Love you ever mother.

  2. jenifer

    Plz tell me the mass and program timing on tomorrow September 8

  3. Nadine

    May our RisenLord forgives all the sins of my father Belavandran Ambaraj and ourAlmighty shall welcome him to the kingdom ofheaven.