Velankanni Arokia matha car Festival is celebrated annually from 29th August to 8th September at the renowned Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to Our lady of Good Health. This Virgin Mary Church is the ‘Courdes of the East’ or also popularly known as ‘Sacred Arockia Madha Church’ is believed to have miraculous power of healing.
The celebrations which begin on August 29 attract thousands of pilgrims each seeking good health and wellbeing. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The entire town is illuminated with lamps. The flag of our lady is hoisted every day during these nine days of the novena the feast. Another important event during the festivities is the car procession that takes place at 8 p.m. every day. Every day after the car procession cultural are held in an open auditorium near the shrine.
Special trains are also arranged by IRCTC…Southern Railway will run special trains between Velankanni and Dibrugarh for the Velankanni festival.
The train (05906) Dibrugarh – Velankanni Special will leave Dibrugarh at 7.20 p.m. on September 4, leave Chennai Egmore at 8.30 a.m. on September 7 and arrive at Velankanni at 7 p.m. on September 7. The train (05905) Velankanni – Dibrugarh Special will leave Velankanni at 7.45 a.m. on September 9, arrive Chennai Egmore at 3.50 p.m. on September 9 and reach Dibrugarh at 9.30 a.m. on September 12.