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Uvari Kappal Matha Church Tirunelveli


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Uvari is a coastal village with about 3,000 households and a population of 10,000 in the Tirunelveli district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is about 50km from Tuticorin, 75km from Tirunelveli and 45km from Kanyakumari.

The Kappal Matha church (our Lady of health) located at Uvari is in the form of a ship carrying an airplane. The church built in 1974 is the  replaced version of St.Mary Church that was destroyed due to sea erosion. This place has three shrines and many grottos.

History

A small church for St. Mary which was under the control of pastors of Goa mission existed here. In course of time, in 1903, this church was converted into a school. On important occasions as per the wishes of the people, festivals were conducted and prayers were offered to her.  There was a custom among the young maidens to go to the nunnery in the night and sleep there. On one such occasion they saw a bright light surrounding this Selvamatha statue even though nobody lit a candle. Many people of Uvari witnessed this light which was there for over an hour.

This incident occurred on 18th September which is celebrated as a festival. People used to keep this statue in a chariot and come around this town to bestow the blessing of Mary to the people of Uvari. Due to sea erosion the old church got damaged. Therefore the people decided to construct a new church for which the foundation stone was laid down by Fr.Thomas in 1970, 25th January and the work was finished on 1974. This church designed as a ship, is called Kappal Matha church after its design. It is  beautiful church facing the blue sea. The waves rolling near this church gives us an impression that this ship shaped church is sailing on the sea which is a feast to eyes.

  • District
  • Thirunelveli
  • State
  • Tamilnadu
  • Country
  • India
  • Latitude
  • 8.279403
  • Longitude
  • 77.894247
  • Air Link
  • Madurai
  • Rail Link
  • Tirunelveli
  • City Link
  • Tirunelveli
  • Accomodation
  • Tirunelveli
  • Best Season
  • Round the year

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