History of the Shrine

Kovaipudur or rather Kuniamuthur and areas South and West of Palghat Road was in the beginning attached to the Cathedral parish. Bishop Visuwaram was searching for a suitable site on the National Highway of this area, according to his grand plans but he died before it was realized. It was attached to Madukkarai parish and since 05-10-1976, Sunday mass was celebrated in a house with the large Housing colony for the ‘Special Protection Force’ and civilian housing colonies mushrooming all over, a site was bought by the Diocese, with the picturesque back-drop of Vellingiri hills to the west.  
With local contribution a small chapel was put up and blessed on 19-04-1984. Sensing the desire of the people to have the Novena of Infant Jesus of Prague, the weekly Novena was started on 15-08-1985. As the number of devotees was increasing, a new church was constructed by Fr. Kulandairaj and it was consecrated on 04-06-1987 by Rev. Bishop Ambrose. On the same day Kovaipudur was erected a new parish with Fr.P. Irudayaraj as its first parish priest.

A new Bell-Tower was built by Fr.P.Irudayaraj and was blessed by same Bishop Ambrose on 08-09-1993. A temporary building for the Seminarians attending the college course was put up and Fr.Antony Manthara was its Rector. Later it was shifted back to the minor Seminary premises of Coimbatore.

By the side of the church, attached parallel to it a spacious open-air hall with overhead roofing was constructed (to accommodate the increasing Devotees.) by Fr. Lourdhu Irudayaraj and blessed by Rev. Bishop Ambrose on 12-01-1997. Finally a new separate presbytery was built by Fr. Lourdhu Irudayaraj and blessed on 23-09-2001 by Bishop Ambrose and also a new Grotto was built and blessed on 06-11-2003. A Grotto of Calvary was constructed and blessed on 15-08-2002. Fr. Dhanasekar built the stations of the cross with life like statues in the year 2005 and it was blessed by Bishop Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Dhanasekar with the collection from the devotees and from the parishioners has constructed “Thottil Gebi” (cradle or cradle chapel) to encourage the parents to lay their children in a cradle to get the special blessings of Infant Jesus.

Thousands of people from all religious and religion visit this Shrine and receive many blessings. On Thursday, during Novena, all those who receive special blessings give ‘witness message’ that encourage others to have more faith in Infant Jesus. Thanks giving letters are also offered on the feet of Infant Jesus.

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