Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, Mannar

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. With a history of over 400 years, this shrine acts as a center for pilgrimage and worship for Sri Lankan Catholics. The site is considered as the holiest Catholic shrine in the island and is a well known place of devotion for both Tamil and Sinhalese Catholics. The church has been a symbol of unity not just between Tamils and Sinhalese, but also between people of different religions, including Buddhists, Hindus and Protestants.
Pope Pius XI granted the image of Our Lady of Madhu a Canonical coronation on 2 July 1924. Attendance for the August festival at times touched close to a million people before the outbreak of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Situated in the heart of the conflict zone, pilgrimage to this shrine was dramatically affected by the Civil War with the presence of refugee camps around the shrine complex. It was shelled a number of times.
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  • The surrounding area of the church has become very much urbanised. I can still recall the woodland like surroundings and the forest beyond when I last visited the holy shrine in early seventies. On...  more »
  • No word to express how I feel about this location which is filled with all kind of blessings from our lady Madhu. We were lucky to visit and participate with feast held at Madhu shrine this time of...  more »
  • Catholic devotees believe this church to be miraculous. There are houses around the church if you wish to stay for more than one day, and a rent should be paid. Or else devotees can camp in the camp zone. But the place needs to have better sanitary facilities.
  • The most holiest and famous St. Mary's shrine in Northern part of Sri Lanka. People from all walks of life visit this shrine to get relief from any burden which they can't bear it under normal circumstances. Those who have 100% faith in "MADU Martha" definitely see a miraculous change in their life. She is the greatest Mother to all of us.
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