Below is a video about pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu, in mainland India’s lowest southern region. The Lourdes of the East, as it is often called and 8 million Christians, Hindus and Muslims go there annually.
Some iffy bits in the video, but on the whole it is really very interesting. In it we can perhaps see, partially at least, why pilgrimage was so great a feature in Europe in the past. These pilgrims aren’t wearing webcams on their bicycle helmets or making daily entries on their personal blogs. These are only the poor and lowly.
8 September is commemorated as the feast day of the shrine under the title of Our Lady of Good Health.
Well worth watching for a few reasons. Miracles aplenty for the plebs, for instance, or at least prayers answered and it’s also good to see such devotion to the Mother of the Lord outside Europe and the Americas. It also seems to have much in common with other appearances of Our Lady two or three centuries later in Europe.
What most intrigues me is that people of all the religions of India will go there, annually in so many cases.