Along a quiet cross-street near Khan Market in New Delhi sits one of the most serene and beautiful shrines to Our Lady of Vailankanni (Vay-lun-kun-nee), a.k.a. Our Lady of Good Health, in all of India.
The shrine was established by a devoted couple in 1959 and includes a chapel full of smaller shrines to many saints, as well as many images of Our Lady of Vailankanni, including a beautiful altar focused on Our Lady. The exterior is marked by a cross-topped traditional steeple, as well as an awning over the entrance to the compound with “Shrine of Vailankanni” painted on it. On some days, alms solicitors and those in need of assistance await healing and resources at the gate. The compound also includes a grotto to Our Lady of the Rosary and alongside are plaques commemorating the founding of the shrine. Mass is held in the chapel from time-to-time, but it’s very serene to visit its cool interior when it is uncrowded on a weekday or early Sunday morning.
Some renovation has occurred at the shrine during 2019 and the steeple color has changed from red to white and the entrance sign has been updated; also, the hand-painted images of the Marian apparitions on the back wall have been slightly modified. The descriptions and photos here are based on a visit to the shrine in July 2018.
Address: Khan Market Walking Plaza Road between St. Luke Marg and Amrita Shergill Marg, New Delhi 110003, India