Three Marian Images — Vailankanni Shrine, New Delhi

OL of Vailankanni Shrine in New Delhi, India

In addition to the central statue behind the main altar of Our Lady of Vailankanni, there is a three-Marian-image shrine on the right side of the chapel that is very beautiful.

This shrine has a cluster of images: the traditional-style painting of Our Lady (Mother) of Perpetual Help, a beautiful painting of Our Lady of Vailankanni and Child Jesus; and a lovely lighted, cross-topped statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni and Child Jesus. Obviously, a site of great devotion, on this day all three images were garlanded with scented stringed white jasmine.

The center image of the side shrine is labeled at the top, “Vailankanni Madha Pray for Us” (Madha = Mother) and contains a bright gold tapestry backdrop behind a statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni and Child Jesus adorned with golden crowns.  Our Lady is holding a golden cross-topped scepter and is wearing a pink sari, along with a golden belt, chains of gold suspending golden hearts, and a rosary.  Our Lady’s gaze is slightly downward, as is that of the Child Jesus.   The glass-encased statue is framed in blue with white string lights and a yellow lighted cross at the top of a decorative arch.  The blue frame and white lights cast a blue glow that provides a sacred backdrop for meditation.

The spectacular painting of Our Lady of Vailankanni and Child Jesus to the right is on a midnight-blue background and surrounded by a decorative multi-layered gold frame. The painting of Our Lady and Child shows them both in the more traditional darker golden robes, and both adorned with regal golden crowns.  Our Lady holds a scepter and a long necklace with a circular floral emblem.  She stands on an upturned crescent moon atop a bed of red roses (evoking images of Our Lady of Guadalupe) flanked by lit candles. In the background, childlike angels float in adoration surrounding her halo of twelve stars.

On the left, is an image of Our Lady (Mother) of Perpetual Help. This image, originally painted in Greece, is one of the oldest and most-revered depictions of Our Lady and Child Jesus.