A small church for St. Mary which was under the control of pastors of Goa mission existed here. In course of time, in 1903, this church was converted into a school. On important occasions as per the wishes of the people, festivals were conducted and prayers were offered to her. There was a custom among the young maidens to go to the nunnery in the night and sleep there. On one such occasion they saw a bright light surrounding this Selvamatha statue even though nobody lit a candle. Many people of Uvari witnessed this light which was there for over an hour.
This incident occurred on 18th September which is celebrated as a festival. People used to keep this statue in a chariot and come around this town to bestow the blessing of Mary to the people of Uvari. Due to sea erosion the old church got damaged. Therefore the people decided to construct a new church for which the foundation stone was laid down by Fr.Thomas in 1970, 25th January and the work was finished on 1974. This church designed as a ship, is called Kappal Matha (Ship Mary in Tamil) church after its design. It is beautiful church facing the blue sea. The waves rolling near this church gives us an impression that this ship shaped church is sailing on the sea which is a feast to eyes
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450 years old Ancient Catholic Church- Our Lady of Snows, constructed by Portuguese, Tuticorin
Dear Willywick, its not constructed by Portuguese, but the Fernandos, Indias first community that got converted to Christianity. The community fought a war with Muslim invaders to get back Tuticorin with the help of Portuguese and brought back the our lady of snow shrine back to this church. Its also the church which has the Indias first printed material, the Tamil Bible called as 'Le Cardilla'