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Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

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Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

            Found in the Mannar District of Sri Lanka, The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is one of the most popular Roman Catholic Marian Shrines found in the District. Madhu has a very interesting history. It was initially a “Devale” which was dedicated to the Goddess Pattini. But during the year 1505, the Portuguese invaded and colonized Sri Lanka, which resulted in many Portuguese missionaries being dispatched to spread Catholicism among the locals. They were soon overthrown by the Dutch, who in turn started spreading their form of Catholicism among the locals. During this time period the “Devale” mysteriously disappeared without a trace and in its place stood the Church of Madhu. It was then renovated and remodeled in the year 1876 and the current church which exists emerged. This Church is a true symbol of unity between the Tamils, Sinhalese and other religions of Sri Lanka.