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Velankanni : Standing tall, Surviving the Harsh blows

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.


This is in response to Show your World, a monthly event hosted by a fellow travel blogger/expat Yulika of TinyExpats.com

Show Your World
Show Your World

 

Throwback Thursday : Carvings of Cavemen

Carvings of Cavemen

Closer look into the carvings
Closer look into the carvings

Have you seen the Carvings of Cavemen who lived in 6000BC?

Are you craving to see  the carvings 😉

Have you visited Edakkal Caves?

Come visit the Carvings of Cavemen

Throwback Thursday : Adalaj Step Well

Poetry on Rock : Adalaj Stepwell

monochrome photography, adalaj stepwell
Enduring the time

This is a place where craftsmanship endures the hardships of time!

This is a place where you can enjoy the poetry written on rocks!

This is  Adalaj Stepwell

Throwback Thursday : Revisit The Ghost town

Revisit the Ghost town of Dhanushkodi!

Ghost city of Dhanushkodi
Ghost city of Dhanushkodi

Question to you :Have you ever been to a Ghost town??

a place which used to be a very populated town

which was washed away in a heavy storm

where no people lives after dark?

a ghost town?

Revisit the Ghost town of Dhanushkodi!

Morning Walk at Thiruvannamalai

The adventures at Thiruvannamalai starts today

Day 22 : 28.10.2014

Let’s go for an early morning walk today. As we walk, I will tell you more about Thiruvannamalai.

First thing in the morning, I saw, she was blushing

If you want to see nature blushing, wake up early and go for a walk
If you want to see nature blushing, wake up early and go for a walk

The mood of the mountain was warm and welcoming.

Mountain changes its mood very subtly
Mountain changes its mood very subtly

Everything was warm that morning, like any other clear day.

the skies..

The warm morning sky
The warm morning sky

And even the puddle..

Blushing puddle
Blushing puddle

And I felt the theme of the day, the colour of the day was shades of red and orange

Some more colours were added to the already colourful day
Some more colours were added to the already colourful day

More colours were waiting for me.. Continue reading Morning Walk at Thiruvannamalai