Shrines

Shrines In The Archdiocese

infant jesus shrine seethammadhara visakhapatnam

Infant Jesus Shrine - Seethammadhara.

It is one of the parishes erected in the year 1986 by His Grace Mariadas K, Archbishop of Visakhapatnam, as a sweet rememberence of the Visakhapatnam Diocesan Centinary (1886-1996). Initially, it was called SFS Parish and later it was renamed as Infant Jesus Parish. Fr. Varkey was made the first parish priest. Not much could be done because he was in the school as correspondent of the SFS School. Mass and Prayers were being conducted in SFS School chapel as there was no church. Later a beautiful church construction was taken up by Fr Maipan Paul, the present bishop of Khammam. The construction was carried on and completed by the present parish priest Fr. Thomas Choorackal the present parish priest and was blessed on 14th January, 1998. Prior to this there was a church constructed by Fr. Maipan Paul which is now used as a Community Hall.

Owing to the sincere effor ts of Frs. Mypan Paul and Thomas Choorackal the church is progressing and in the line of becoming a very good pillgrim centre. The perpetual Novena conducted in the Church on every Thursday is attended by the people of all faiths from every nook and corner of the town and the Diocese.The feast of the Infant Jesus celebrated every year in the second week of January i.e., 14th January calls in thousands of people from all over the state. The belfry and the beautiful statue of Infant Jesus in the premises are added attractions to this shrine. There are activities of different types viz., spiritual, social, and economical are taking place in the parish with the voluntary support of the parishners not only for the Catholics but also people of other faiths.

Name of the Shrine

Infant Jesus Shrine

Address

Seethammadhara, Visakhapatnam - 530 013. A. P., India.

Phone No.

0891 - 2732538.

Annual Feast Celebrated

14th January

Rakshanagiri Shrine - Gnanapuram.

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It was previously known as Galikonda where on people of Gnanapuram used to go for sight seeing. The Statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus was erected on 15th June 1928 by his Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Rossillion and dedicated the entire diocese to the Sacred Hear t of Jesus. People used to celebrate the feast of Sacred Hear t of Jesus and thus once a year they used to come up the hill.

In the reign of Fr. Paul Maipan as the Parish Priest of Gnanapuram with foresight the Galikonda was converted into a marvellous Rakshanagiri(hill of salvation). Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and the stations of the Cross were erected all along the road side. Rakshanagiri simply captivates the hear ts of the people towards Pilgrim Journey. The place has become so powerful with all the pious activities taking place there and that the people go over there for their spiritual nourishment. Sisters pray round the clock for the welfare of the diocese in the Monastery attached to the Shrine.

Thus it has become God’s provision for strengthening the faith of the people. There are several spiritual exercises in current in this endeavour. First Friday and Third Friday of every month there is a full day Dhyanam. Round the clock oppor tunity is there to develop intimacy with Eucharistic Lord enthroned on the altar.

Name of the Shrine

Rakshanagiri Shrine

Address

Gnanapuram, Visakhapatnam - 530 004. A. P., India.

Phone No.

0891 -2558225.

Annual Feast Celebrated

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Ross Hill Shrine - Visakhapatnam

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Ross Hill Shrine is at the entrance of the Visakhapatnam Harbour, on Ross Hill Facing Bay of Bengal. A judge called Mr. Ross had a bungalow on the hill and thus the hill was named Ross Hill. The bungalow was bought in 1886 by the then Bishop Mgr. J M Tissot; certain repairs were made and an altar was erected and blessed as a Chapel on 15th August 1867 by the then Vicar General Fr. Richard under the patronage of Our Lady of Hope.

The cyclones of 1870 and 1876 caused havoc in the town of Visakhapatnam and also the Chapel on the Ross Hill was affected. So Bishop Tissot made a vow to make a new chapel on Ross Hill and dedicate it to Our Lady of the Sacred Hear t “in order to obtain from our Heavenly Mother the grace of being protected from the effects of such dangerous storms in the future. The prayer of the holy Bishop seems to have been heard, thence that day, though the town experienced cyclones, none did suffer any great damage.” Accordingly a real Chapel was solemnly blessed in May 1877 and a new statue of Our Lady was placed upon the altar. Then onwards the chief feasts of our Blessed Mother and the month of May were kept in the Hill Chapel with all solemnity possible; thus the Ross Hill Chapel began to be frequented by faithful and devotion to Our Lady has increased.

Later on, many improvements were done during the period from 1880 to 1900 the steps leading to the church, the bell and the cistern to catch rain water to raise a small garden, and a small grotto under the large banyan tree(which was later demolished and rebuilt afresh in 1939. This too was to demolished and a new grotto was constructed moving little backwards in order to avail more space in front of the grotto for the enormous public who attend for the annual feast); also the feast of the Immaculate Conception of 8th December began to aim more importance. In the beginning of the Century Bishop J M Clerc, the successor of Bishop Tissot ordered the feast of Immaculate Conception to be celebrated more solemnly in the Diocese wherever possible with a Triduum. Soon it was found that the Chapel on the Hill was too small. So Fr. Contat who was in-charge of the Hill Chapel with the permission of the Bishop pulled down the front par t of the Chapel, keeping only the sanctuary and adjacent rooms began to build a new church. The new church was blessed by Bishop Clerc on 6th December, 1905.

The Ross Hill and Our Lady are now names dear to all Catholics and non-Catholics of the town of Visakhapatnam as well as the diocese of Visakhapatnam. 8th December has become one of the greatest feasts of the year and the procession going to the top of the Ross Hill in the evening has become one of the necessary events of the city, a great manifestation of the catholic life, a proof of love and devotion to Mary, the great Deva Matha invoked by all Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Hindus, the Mother of all.

At present number of programmes are organized at Ross Hill. There is a Bi-monthly Mounadyanam for the lay people, Every first Saturday of the Month there is a day long prayer services, Seminars and Retreats for different groups on regular intervals are on the way. In order to accommodate the faithful who attend these programmes a Dhyanasaram was constructed in the year. With continuous programmes Ross Hill Shrine is ever busy with activities all throughout the year.

Name of the Shrine

Ross Hill Shrine

Address

Near the Port Signal House, Visakhapatnam - 530 013. A. P., India

Phone No.

0891 -2562318.

Annual Feast Celebrated

8th December

Lourdhu Matha Shrine - East Godavari.

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Name of the Shrine

Lourdhu Matha Shrine

Address

C/o R C Mission Prathipadu, East Godavari - 533 432. A. P., India.

Phone No.

08868 - 226548.

Annual Feast Celebrated

11th February

Lourdhu Matha Shrine - Yanam

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The Grotto has its own history. In 1943 an American ship ‘William Bogden’ went aground near Sacramento light house near here. All the efforts for one year to flot it were of no use. The engineer E H Sweeney made a vow and recited rosary. Soon the ship sailed back. So as a gratitude, in memory of his wife E H Alber ta Landry Sweeney of New Orleans, he built the Grotto. This grotto attracts devotees not only from Christian circles but also from other faiths. Everyday many people walk in to the grotto and obtain favours through the powerful intercession of Blessed Mother.

Name of the Shrine

Lourdhu Matha Shrine, Yanam.

Address

C/o R C Mission Yanam,East Godavari - 533 464. A. P., India.

Phone No.

0884 - 2321745.

Annual Feast Celebrated

11th February

Lourdhu Matha Shrine, Marriveedu

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Name of the Shrine

Lourdhu Matha Shrine, Marriveedu.

Address

Marriveedu Post Addateegala via EAST GODAVARI DIST. 533 426, A.P.,India.

Phone No.

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Annual Feast Celebrated

11th February

Koduru Matha Shrine

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One man was miraculously cured by Blessed Mother while he was being taken to Visakhapatnam for fur ther treatment. According to the appearence received by this boy of Blessed Mother, saw a lady asking him to go back home, and be cured from all sickness. It happened according to the voice of the lady. The boy identifies the lady as none other than Blessed Mother. A grotto has come up according to the direction of the Blessed Mother. Ever since this incident took place, devotees star ted flocking in great numbers. Every Second Saturday of the Month there is a full day prayer service.The impor tance of the shrine is being known far and wide. People from long distances are coming fro Pilgrimage. In order to accommodate many people on the important days, Our Bishop purchased adjacent lands to put up a shrine in the near future.

Name of the Shrine

Koduru Matha Shrine, Koduru.

Address

Catholic Mission , Koduru Village P O BADANGI P.O. - 535 578. Vizianagaram District.

Phone No.

08944 - 201555.

Annual Feast Celebrated

8th September

Siluva Giri Shrine - Pedapenki, Vengapuram Parish.

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This shrine is attached to the Vengapuram Mission. In Pedapenki we have strong Christian Community. Near to the village there is a small hill. Initially a small cross was erected and star ted going there on regular intervals to have prayers especially during the Lentan Fridays. Now the shrine has improved very much. With the helps received from Bishop Mariadas, Fr. Zacharias Kochupura made the entire area developed for the purpose of worship .

Name of the Shrine

Siluva Giri Shrine - Pedapenki.

Address

Siluva Giri Shrine C/o R C Mission, Vengapuram, Vizianagaram - 535 557. A. P., India

Phone No.

08944 - 256294

Annual Feast Celebrated

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Vyakula Matha Shrine - Kondadaba, Kothavalasa.


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Vyakula Matha Shrine is situated on a small hill at Kondadaba, Kothavalasa. It has beautiful surroundings with full of mango gardens. The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is enshrined in the shrine brought from France by the French Missionaries. People assemble in great numbers on the feast day coming from very far places. They spend overnight in the mango gardens and atttend the chruch services before they leave to their own places. More facilities are at work to provide better surroundings to the pilgrims.

Name of the Shrine

Vyakula Matha Shrine - Kondadaba, Kothavalasa.

Address

Catholic Church Kondadaba, Kothavalasa Post, Vizianagaram - 535 183. A. P., India.

Phone No.

08966 -273737.

Annual Feast Celebrated

1st Sunday of February.

Divine Mercy Shrine - Yesupuram, Pachipenta.

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It was said that the mission in Pachipenta location was there from 1950s. Priests used to come to this place every now and then from Saluru. It was a sub-station of Saluru Parish. Fathers used to visit this place traveeling on Bullock carts. It was Fr. Antony Parayil who built the present Church in 1964. It was made a parish in 2007.

Name of the Shrine

Divine Mercy Shrine - Yesupuram, Pachipenta.

Address

Ganganna Dora Valasa (Yesupuram) N.H - 43, Sunki Road, Via Saluru Vizianagaram Dist.

Phone No.

08964 - 253510.

Annual Feast Celebrated

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Jeevagiri Shrine - Hamsavaram.

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Name of the Shrine

Jeevagiri Shrine - Hamsavaram.

Address

Gavarapeta, (Hamsavaram Parish), Besides Polavaram Canal,East Godavari District, Visakhapatnam, A.P.,India.

Phone No.

08854 - 258210.

Annual Feast Celebrated

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Premagiri Shrine - Saluru Chinnaveedhi Parish

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Name of the Shrine

Premagiri Shrine - Saluru Chinnaveedhi Parish.

Address

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Phone No.

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Annual Feast Celebrated

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