Saturday, September 17, 2011


To  the North  of the village  of Elakurichy at the distance of about half a km stands the beautiful Shrine Church of Our Lady of Refuge among some scattered trees the remnant of once thick grove. 65 kms  from Perambalur. 80 kms from  Trichy. 375 kms from Chennai. Elakurichy is famous for its ancient church built by the famous Catholic Missionary Constructive Joseph Beschi popularly known as Veeramamunivar on the year of 1711. The new Shrine Church was built in 1984, which has at the interior the altar of Our Lady which probably belongs to 19th century. Tamilnadu Government has announced it as a tourist spot in the year 2001. People throng every year during the festival days shedding their difference of creed or caste to obtain favours from Adaikala Madha. Mass & Devotional timings: Second Sunday after Easter ( Flag hoisting) Third Sunday after Easter. 9 Annual Feast) Located in Thirukkavalur (Via) Thirumanur  Elakurichy.

 VEERAMAMUNIVAR  (Fr. Constantine Beschi)

The  mission center of Elakurichy attained its name and fame with the arrival of Fr.Constantine Beschi, an Italian Jesuit who become a renowed TAMIL SCHOLAR of his time. He administered the Mission for the span of 13 years from 1726 - 1739. In the years of 1728 - 29  a severe famine  was ravaging the Thanjavur Kingdom. Many of the Catholics were crossing over to the  Lutheran fold who offered them a good sum of money for abandoning their Catholic faith. It was during  this distressing period  that Fr.Beschi had a special recourse to Our Lady and begged her to protect the Catholics from falling into the Lutheran-fold. And Our Lady granted him the favour. Many of the Catholics who had gone to the other fold came back.

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