Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica

Roman Catholic

 

Overview

Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica is located at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Catholic pilgrimage centers in India dedicated to the Our Lady of Snows, a title given to St. Mary. The Shrine name refers to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.On the Fishery Coast of Tuticorin, the fisher folk converted to Catholicism with the advent of the Franciscan missionaries. They were baptized by Fr. Pedru Consalves. St. Francis Xavier came to Tuticorin in 1542 and stayed for a couple of years. Noticing the deep sentiment the people had for local female deities, Francis Xavier introduced them to Marion worship.e statue was originally placed in the chapel of the Augustinian Sisters in Manila. St. Francis Xavier wanted to install it in Tuticorin. On hearing of his death, the statue was sent by ship to Tuticorin. The local fishermen or paravars referred to Our Lady of Snows as Yelu Kadalthurai, Yega Adikala Thai in Tamil which means the Mother of Refuge for the seven major coastal villages - Thoothukudy, Virapandianpatinam, Thiruchendur,Vembar, Vaippar, Punnaikayal and Manapad. Traditionally, this region was famous for Pearl from the time of Pandyan dynasty. In the year 1535 AD, the local fishermen who had territorial issues with the Moslem intermediaries, had resolved the issues with the help of Portuguese. The persecution of the Catholics continued after several years - this time under the Madurai Nayak. The Christian converts sought refuge in the nearby island - Raja Theevu. Eventually, members of the Society of Jesus, brought back the statue of the Lady of Snows to Tuticorin in the year 1610 AD.The basilica at Tuticorin is built in accordance with Portuguese architecture facing east. 
 
Mass Timings:
 
All Days: 5.30 am, 6.30 am, 5.30 pm
Saturdays: There is a Novena mass at 11.30 am and Novena and Benediction at 6.30 pm.
Sundays: 5 am, 6.30 am, 8 am, 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Tuticorin
Location
Manapad
Address
Our Lady of Snows, 41, Beach Road, Tuticorin, Pin-628 001.
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Beach Road
Nearest Railway Station
Tuticorin (TN)
Nearest Airport
Tuticorin Southwest Airport
IN
latitude : 8.724240303 longitude :78.025802610
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GPS Code : VO80
Open Year
16th century
Dedicated To
St. Mary

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