Archdiocesan Directory 2008
Archdiocesan Shrines
PERIANAYAGI MADHA SHRINE - KONANKUPPAM
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SHRINE
Perianayagi Madha Shrine was constructed by the great missionary Fr.Beshi. The place where the shrine is located was once a forest place. People used to come here for feeding their flocks. In the 17th century , the Italian Father and a great missionary, Fr.Beshi, brought two statues of Mother Mary to be kept in the place where he worked, namely Elakuruchi / Thirukavalur ( Now in Kumbakonam Diocese). He preached all over Tamil Nadu and on the way to his place he happened to pass over this forest and due to tiredness he slept under a tree with the two statues. The boys, who were looking after the cattle, playfully hid one of the statues behind the bush. Fr.Beshi was shocked to know that one of the statues was missing and went to his place sadly.
 

THE BEAUTIFUL STATUE OF OUR
LADY OF PERIYANAYAGI
THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PERIYANAYAGI
There was a man called Kachirayar in Konankuppam. He had no child. Every day he used to pray to God. One day Our Lady appeared to him in his dream and said " Kachirayar, I'm alone in the forest if you build a chapel for me , I'll give a child to you". After saying this she disappeared. Hearing this he was very much happy and began to search for the statue in the forest. As they cut the bushes and trees, they found the statue behind a big bush. This statue is placed in the shrine till today. People constructed a small chapel and placed this statue there and began to worship.

After some time Fr.Beshi happened to hear about this and came to Konankuppam and saw the small chapel built for the statue which he lost once. He was very much delighted and decided to make Konankuppam as his work place. He constructed the shrine which exists today. It is said to have been the first place of worship he erected and when it was completed he went to Madras and asked the Bishop of Mylapore to procure for him a statue from Manila, an image of the virgin, in native dress of Tamilnadu and bearing the child Jesus in her arms, fashioned after a model he had made. The image eventually arrived and was set up in the church. This life-size statue stands on a pedestal about ten feet high and is made of wood and painted in bright colours. In honour of it and of the Church, Beschi composed his Tamil Poem TEMBAVANI , which vying in length with the ILIAD itself is by far the most celebrated and most voluminous of his works. He completed this work in the year 1726. The Tamil conference conducted in Madurai during 1728 - 1729 AD approved his work and published it to imbibe the greatness of this literary work.
HOW TO REACH
Konankuppam is situated in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. From Chennai it is about 200 Kms to reach Ulundurpet which is in the Chennai - Trichy highway. From there it is about 20 minutes journey to reach Mangalampet which is in Ulundurpet - Virdhachalam road. From Mangalampet only few local buses are there to reach Konankuppam .But there'll be frequent buses during the festival season.
MASS TIMINGS
Week days 6.00 am - Mass
Saturdays 6.30 am - Mass
6.00 pm Benediction & Novena Prayer
Sundays 8.00 am - mass
First Saturdays 6.00 pm - Car procession and Benediction
ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Flag Hoisting 14th January
Holy Mass & Car Procession 23rd January
EASTER CELEBRATIONS
A Good number of catholic faithful from the neighbouring villages throng the shrine to celebrate the Easter Triduum. This is a long standing custom which was carried down the ages.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT :
Parish Priest
St.Mary's Church
Konankuppam PO, Mangalampettai Via
Cuddalore Dt. - 606 104
Tel : 04143-244373
 
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF KONANKUPPAM PERIANAYAGI
 
Oh! Holy Mother of God Perianayagi enshrined as the Queen of Konankuppam. You are the channel of heavenly graces and gifts. We grasp your lotus feet and beseech your loving care and intercession to keep us always under your mantle for a safe and happy journey in this world of sin and tears. Be ever with us to console in our sickness, sufferings and sorrows. Help us to help others in want and distress. When our last minute is at hand, keep us on your Holy Lap to take us to your Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ to enjoy heavenly bliss forever and ever Amen. (Say three Hail Mary)
PEIERE A NOTRE DAME DE KONANKUPPAM
O! periyanayagi Mere de Dieeu, et la Reine de Konankuppam, demeurant ici dans ce lieu sacré, vous êtes pour nous tous le vehicule de gràces et dons célestes.Prosternés a vous pieds à fleurs de lotus. nous vous prinons pour vorte protection et pour votre priere intercessionelle pour que toujours protegés protegés par votre saint manteau, nous marchons sains et saufs dans cette vallée de larmes et de péchés.Protegez nous et gardez nous, surtout nous eunes fils et filles dans la chasteté et dans une bonne conduite de vie.Daignez rester avec nous pour nous consoler dans notre souffrance, tristesses et dans nos maladies.Aidez-nous pour que nous aidions les autres dans leur détresses et dans leur besoins.Quand nous arrivernons a la dernier minute de notre vie, gardez-nous dans votre sein pour nous amerner a jour de la Beatitude celeste, avec le Pere. et Jesus Christ, Notre Seigneur, dans l'unite du Saint-Esprit. Amen.
 
 
     

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