In 1969 people experienced severe drought all
over Tamilnadu particularly in Acharapakkam.
Fr. A.Pushpam, the founder of this shrine had
arranged for a car procession in honor of our Blessed
Mother to intercede for the good shower of rain.
When the car procession ended at a place called
Nallayan Kundru there was a heavy down pour with
thunder and lightning. This astonishing miracle
touched every one and in gratitude they lovingly
named our Blessed Mother as Mazhai Malai Madha
and built a beautiful grotto. Rev. Fr. Pushpam who
served as a Paish Priest from 1963 to 1973 rendered
selfless service. With the same zeal Rev. Fr. Backiya
Regis had served this Shrine for 10 years and made
it a place of testimony to the faith of the multitudes
that come there regularly.
The Annual Feast is being celebrated on the first
Saturday of October. Thousands of people belonging
to various religions gather to express their love and
devotion to the Blessed Mother. The shrine caters to
the needs of the poor and the marginalized of the
society by carrying out various social activities
especially for the physically challenged. The Decree
proclaiming Mazhai Malai Madha as the Second
Patroness of the Diocese of Chingleput and raising
the church dedicated to her to the status of a Diocesan
shrine was promulgated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Neethinathan
on 05th September 2003 in the presence of his
Eminence Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy
Rev. Fr. R. Leo Edwin
Rector of the Shrine
Aruptha Nagar,Achirapakkam - 603 301
Rector's Message to Devotees
Dear Devotees of Mazhai Malai Madha!
I wish all of you with greetings of joy, on
the occasion of 48th year of celebration of
the feast of Mazhai Malai Madha.
Our dear Mazhai Malai Madha who is
residing on the hill of Acharapakkam, with
love, care and concern is interceding her
Son, on behalf of all our petitions and
obtaining for us many graces. We invite
you to come and participate on the 48th
celebration of this feast and receive
blessings in abundance.