Ranked 21 among Places to Visit in Kodaikanal
Time Required: 1-2 hours
The Mother Salette church is one of the oldest churches, about 133 years old. The statue of Our Lady of La Salette is present inside this exquisite church giving the pilgrims its blessings with a serene poise. The church beautifully exhibits the excellent Tamil French architecture. The interior of the shrine is worth looking at since it is adorned with graceful statues of Our Lady of La Salette above the altar along with a statue of St. Joseph. The Bishop of the Grenoble Diocese in France gave these statues. Also, a French noblewoman named Madame Coile was the one to draw all the beautiful paintings on the windows inside the church.
Every year on 14th and 15th August, a grand celebration takes place in the church. A nine-day festival is celebrated in the church every year attracts worshippers from South India irrespective of their creed, caste or religion. The primary purpose of this festival is to carry out extraordinary service and a special procession. The spirituality that one experiences in the churches of Kodaikanal add value to the natural beauty of the surroundings which not only means the inner but also the artistic fulfilment. The first Catholic priest of the Salette Mada church was Father Louis Saint Ceer who was also the one who built the church and was said to be cured of an illness by Mother Salette. There is so much more to this place than this which is why it is worth visiting. So, if you are planning a trip to Kodaikanal, add the La Salette Church to that list already!
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