A shepherd boy whose name was Tamil Krishnannesti Sankaranarayanan was feeling tired on a hot summer day as he walked from Vailankanni to Nagapattinam to deliver milk to his master. So Tamil lay down under a banyan tree beside a pond to nap. After a strong gust of wind began to blow, he woke up and was startled to see an apparition of Mary standing before him, holding a child in her arms. Both Mary and the child had a glow of white light emanating from them.
Mary asked Tamil if he would give her son some milk to drink, and Tamil agreed. The child then drank all of the milk that Tamil offered from his pot, and Mary thanked Tamil before they disappeared. Tamil apologized to his angry master for arriving late in Nagapattinam and explained why he had been delayed. After hearing the story, his master became angry that Tamil had given away some of the milk he was supposed to deliver. But when Tamil and his master looked inside the pot to see how much milk was left over, they saw it miraculously filling up. It kept filling up until the milk spilled out over top of the brim.