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Elakurichi Adaikala Matha Shrine

This is a beautiful shrine of Our Lady of Refuge in the Elakurichi town of Ariyalur district. This shrine was built by one of the Christian Missionaries, Father Joseph Beschi in early years of 18th century. He was popularly known among the people in this place as Veera Mamunivar. In 1785, the then king of Ariyalur donated 175 acres of land for this shrine. Now about 40 acres are still under the possession of the shrine. The shrine was renovated in the year 1984 and was declared as an important tourist spot in Tamil Nadu by the state government in 2001. Since then, the place Elakurichi is known as Thirukkavalur. The second and third Sundays after the Easter are the most important days for visiting this shrine. Things began to take a new turn. There was good rain and the famine disappeared. The Catholics who strayed away for the sake of money returned to the fold. Miracluous favours began to flow. When a fire accident accured at that time in the village, in spite of the strong wind the huts of the Christiants were untouched by the fire. Fr. Beschi understo9od that our Lady had come to live with them and protect them. Wtih the recommendation of the Archbishop of Mylapore he submitted an application, through his Jesuit General in Rome, to His Holiness the Pope for permission to celebrate solemnly the titular feast of "Adaikalamatha" on the third Sunday after Easter every year and also for the sanction of a plenary indulgence for the faithful participating in it. He received the letter of sanction signed by His Holiness himself towards the end of 1733. About this time the chieftain of Ariyalur, Rengappa Malavarayar came to see Fr. Beschi. He was very much taken up by the learning and piety of Fr. Beschi He was astonished that an European like Beschi could possess such a vast and deep knowledge of "Tamil Grammar" and "Literature". As a token of his appreciation he donated about 175 acres to this Church. The stone tablet attesting to this fact can be seen even today in the church compound.      Book Now



Vettakudi Karaivetti Lake

Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary situated in Ariyalur District (Vettakudi) located just 35km from north of thanjavur and 65km from Tirchy. Water birds are mostly attracted by the karaivetti sanctuary after the Pt. Calimere Sanctuary in Tamilnadu. The total area cover by sanctuary comes close to 454 Hectare. By November of every calender year the Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary becomes center of attraction when 2.5 lakhs birds arrive in sanctuary Nearly 50 types of resident and migratory water birds visit the seasonal lake. Important participants include the highflying Barheaded Goose, Ibis, White necked stork, Spoonbill, Shoveller, Rosy and Grey Pelican, etc. Another important aspect of this sanctuary is the presence of water till the month of May as other water bodies dry up by the month of March, this sanctuary offers home to the water birds till May end. Wildlife viewing :- The best time to visit the sanctuary is in February and November , but it remains open throughout the year      Book Now


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