There was a board near the church which read: Kodaikanal, the princess of mountains invites tourists from all over the world every day. People from all walks of life flock to this summer resort to cherish her natural beauty and serenity. Hills is considered as the abode of god. Kodaikanal, the hill country is no exception to this and she too hosts our Lady of La Saleth Shrine possessing the traditional heritage of 150 years and it is one of the two shrines dedicated to our Lady of La Saleth in the whole world, one in France and the other in Kodaikanal. The shrine is situated in the mountain which is 7000 feet above the sea level. It is near the famous Coaker’s Wlak which gives the aerial view of the mountains all around and the TV tower. The foundation stone for this shrine was laid by a French Jesuit missionary Louis St. Cyr in the year 1863 and blessed open in the year 1866 on the Easter Sunday. This shrine stands as a manifestation of the Tamil French architectural excellence. The attractive and the graceful holy status of our Lady of La Saleth above the altar as well as the holy statue of St. Joseph were gifted by the bishop of Chernobyl Diocese in France. The noteworthy and the decorative paintings on the glasses inside the church were drawn by a noble French lady Coile.
The shrine is an asylum for the poor, the weary, and the dejected souls. Our Lady of La Saleth is a universal mother giving solace and comfort to all the devotees irrespective of religions. It is a house of blessings that serve as a remedy to all the ills of human beings. All the tourists who come over to Kodaikanal never fail to pay a visit to her and be blessed. May our Lady of La Saleth shower her choicest blessings upon you and your family.
A board displaying sacred relics of the saints and things from the holy land. To read the board I have added the full resolution image. Click on the image to view in full resolution:
Video of La Saleth Church: