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Alamelupuram Poondi is a tiny village, situated in the Thiruvaiyaru taluk of
Thanjavur district of the state of Tamilnadu in South India. The nearest town
about 3kms away, is Thirukattupalli. The hamlet of Poondi is blessed by
God with copious potable water from the great rivers of Tamilnadu namely the
Cauvery and the Colleroon as they flow on the Southern and northern sides of the

Origin of the Shrine

In the beginning of the eighteenth century (1714-1718) a great Italian Jesuit
missionary named 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".

Rev.Fr.Lourdes Xavier was appointed as Parish Priest on 1st September 1955. His
immediate attention was given to improve the condition of the Church, the
central roof of which was in a precarious condition.
Father feared that it might collapse at any moment causing great damage. So he
consulted an engineer.They wanted to demolish only the central roof wihout any
damage to the front elevation the doom and the altar. It was estimated it would
cost Rs.1500 to demolish the roof alone. Fr.Lourdes Xavier was worried as it was
too much for him and moreover it would be beyond his means to find the necessary
funds to reconstruct the Church. Fr.Lourdes Xavier being a great devotee of Our
Lady, must have prayed to Our Lady in Poondi to reveal to all, about Her desire
to make this village a pilgrimage centre.

Three Holy Masses are offered daily in our Basilica

06.00 A.M Holy Mass
11.15 A.M Holy Mass in Tamil
05.15 P.M Holy Mass in Tamil

On Sundays and Feast Days

06.00 A.M Holy Mass in Tamil
08.30 A.M Holy Mass in Tamil
11.15 A.M Holy Mass in Tamil
12.30 P.M Holy Mass in English
05.15 P.M Holy Mass in Tamil

Ordinary Rooms.
@ Rs.30/ Rs.35.
Bath Attached Rooms.
@ Rs.60/ Rs.100/ Rs.150/ Rs.300.
Deluxe Rooms (A/c).
@ Rs. 350/-.

Canteen & Kitchen

Canteen & Kitchen Morning : Breakfast
Noon : Veg / Non Veg Meals
Night : Tiffin
About 20 separate Kitchens
near the rooms for self cooking.

Poondi Madha Basilica,
Poondi-613 105.
Thanjavur District,
Tamil Nadu,
South India.

Tel :+91-04362-280422.
Fax :+91-04362-280785.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6