This historical Sacred Shrine at the southernmost point of Sri Lanka is very dear to all the Sri Lankans. The history of 400 years of the existence of the shrine especially the recent hundred years of history reveals its special power to survive amidst calamities, perils and the most recent one being the Tsunami that caused extensive damage to the lives and the Church.
The Blessed Virgin Mary being Mother of Jesus she is also the Queen and Mother of all the disciples of her Son. The People of Matara have a singular pride of the fact that Mary becomes their Mother. This Shrine has become well renowned all over, both within and outside the country because of the favours and graces on those who pray with confidence for her intercession their times of trouble and turmoil.