Poondi Madha Church, Thanjavur

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It was located on the way to Kallanai. The famous Kallanai (grand Anaicut) was situated 15 KMs from this place.

Our Basilica – Origin

Poondi is a tiny village, situated in between the rivers Cauvery and Colleroon Alamelupuram in Thiruvaiyaru taluk of Thanjavur district of the state of Tamilnadu in South India.The nearest town about 3kms away, is Thirukattupalli.

In the beginning of the eighteenth century (1714-1718) a great Italian Jesuit missionary Rev. Fr. Constantine Joseph Beschi S.J. popularly known as "Veeramamunivar" built a church and named it as the church of "Mary Queen of Immaculate Conception". It is in the dome of this church the statue of the miraculous Lady of Poondi is placed. This miraculous statue is one of the three statues that were made in France after the apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes. Rev.Fr.Darres, MEP, brought this staue from France.



According to available records when the French Missionary Fathers ( MEP Fathers ) where taking care of the Pastrol Mission in Kumbakonam Diocese, Father Mette Louis Jules started a Catechetical School in Poondi around the year 1900 to train Catechetics.

Rev.Fr.Lourdes Xavier after being appointed as Parish Priest of Poondi on 1st September 1955 gave immediate attention to improve the condition of the Church, the central roof of which was in a bad condition and it was feared that it might collapse at any moment causing great damage. So he consulted an engineer. They wanted to demolish only the central roof without any damage to the front elevation, the doom and the altar. Fr.Lourdes Xavier was worried as it would cost too much and it would be beyond his means to find the necessary funds to reconstruct the Church. Fr.Lourdes Xavier a great devotee of Our Lady, trusted and prayed to Our Lady of Poondi to reveal to him a way out to this problem. Inspired by an inner voice he predicted that the central roof of the church would come down on a particular day and time and he did. This is vividly rembembered and described by people even today.

His Eminence Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy declared the Shrine of our Lady of Poondi as a permanent pilgrimage centre of our Lady of Immaculate Conception. On 03.08.1999, the shrine was declared as Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II.

Chronicals of Priest

Priests Name From To

Rev. Fr.Hirudayam Paul 04.01.1945 11.01.1948

Rev. Fr.J. Maria Arokiam 13.01.1948 10.02.1948

Rev. Fr.C.X. Duraisamy 11.02.1948 26.09.1948

Rev. Fr. M. David 27.09.1948 02.06.1952

Rev. Fr. Arumainathar 03.06.1952 07.10.1952

Rev. Fr. D. Maria Michael 08.10.1952 31.08.1955

Rev. Fr. V. S. Lourdes Xavier 01.09.1955 16.04.1972

Rev. Fr. A. Ubagarasamy 16.04.1972 31.08.1972

Rev. Fr. A. Rayappar 01.09.1972 15.06.1991

Rev. Fr. S. Soosai 16.06.1991 20.08.1997

Rev. Fr. P. Thangasamy 20.08.1997 08.06.2003

Rev. Fr. L. Kulandaisamy 08.06.2003 08.06.2009

Rev.Fr.M.A.Sebastian 08.06.2009 Till Date
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  • This is a basilique now beautifully built in a lovely surrounding .Parking is plenty and the trees are full of birds singing 
    This is a basilique now beautifully built in a lovely surrounding .Parking is plenty and the trees are full of birds singing  more »
  • We saw the Poondi matha koil from outside and moved on to Thanjavur. This is in the highway towards Thiruvayaru from Trichy towards Thanjavur. 
    We saw the Poondi matha koil from outside and moved on to Thanjavur. This is in the highway towards Thiruvayaru from Trichy towards Thanjavur.  more »
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  • The place is calm and surrounded by a park, birds in captivity, small aquarium, children's park and a holy land which depicts Life of Jesus. Kid's can spend some time and they will enjoy. Food options are limited in the area inside and surrounding church.
  • Beautiful church in Tanjore surrounding. They maintain neatness and also u can enjoy the children's park. Hotels are also available in this place. Toilet facility good. The entrance ticket price is 20 rs. It's a good place to relax.

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