About Shrine


In early days this place was known as Utchankulam. Later it was renamed as Irudayakulam which coincides with the patron’s name of the church of Sacred Heart. A Priest resided at Irudayakulam permanently from 1905 to 1906. It had been a substation to Tenkasi Parish till 1943. Slowly catholic population had grown in number. There arose a need of making it as separate parish. This came into being on the month of june 1943. Rev. Fr. A. Couturier took charge of theplace as the first parish priest. Rev. Fr. Ignatius Hirudayam S.J. began constructing a big church. But it was actually completed during the period of Fr. Lemahien, S.J. It was here Rev. Fr. A. Causanal, S.J. founded the Sacred Heart congregation for Brothers which was later shifted to Palayamkottai. People are very loving. There was famous grotto of Lourdes in the Church Campus. Priests who have been here, have done wonderful service.

Simon Selvan I.

Rev. Fr. Simon Selvan I.

Patron of the Shrine

Sacred Heart of Jesus (First Patron), Our Lady of Lourdes (Second Patron)



Church Name

Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine

Assistant Parish Priest