Mount Mary Church

Roman Catholic

 

Overview

Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is located in Bandra, Mumbai. The basilica stands on a hillock, about 80 metres above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea.  It is a Roman Catholic Basilica. Mount Mary’s Basilica a beautiful edifice in stone that simply stands out in its grandeur, an abode of tranquility, peace, reassurance and hope.
 
This church was destroyed in 1738 AD and then rebuilt in 1761 AD.The current church edifice is just 100 years old, the history behind the current statue of Our Lady goes back to the 16th century when Jesuit priests from Portugal brought the statue to the current location and constructed a chapel. In 1700 Arab pirates interested in the gilt-lined object held in the hand disfigured the statue by cutting off the right hand. In 1760, the church was rebuilt and the statue was substituted with a statue of Our Lady of Navigators in St. Andrew's church nearby. This statue has an interesting legend. It goes that a Koli fisherman dreamt that he would find a statue in the sea. The statue was found floating in the sea between 1700 and 1760. A Jesuit Annual Letter dated to 1669 and published in the book St. Andrew's Church, Bandra supports this claim. The Koli Fishermen call the statue as Mot Mauli, literally meaning The Pearl Mother. However the previous statue is now restored and now enjoys the place of honour in the basilica. Both Hindu and Christian Kolis visit this shrine often giving it a kind of syncretic nature.
 
The structure of Mount Mary Church is inspired by British style of architecture. The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated here on the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week-long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair and is visited by thousands of people. Once inside this beautiful church even a single glance at Mary with the child Jesus is a feast for the eye, both natural and that of faith.
 
People who suffer from any disease bring wax figures depicting their illnesses to the Mount Mary Church in the hope that they would be cured. For example, a person with a broken leg will bring a wax figure of a leg.
The week of the 'Bandra Fair' or the 'Feast of Mount Mary', which is held in September, is a perfect time to visit Mount Mary Church as it is completely decorated.
One can shop for religious artefacts, innovatively shaped candles, wax figures of Virgin Mary or even buy Goan sweets from the various stalls outside the church.
 
Feast Day: Celebrated on the 8th September 
 
Church Timing: 6am to 9pm
 
Mass timings
 
Weekdays – 6:00 am (English)
 
                        7:15 am (English)
 
                       6:00 pm (Holy Hour – ONLY on First Friday)
 
                        8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Devotees allowed to visit and pray at  the Basilica)
 
                      2:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Devotees allowed to visit and pray at   the Basilica)
 
Saturdays – 6:00 am (English)
                       7:15 am (English)
 
                       8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Devotees allowed to visit and pray at   the Basilica)
 
                       2:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Devotees allowed to visit and pray at   the Basilica)
 
Sundays – 6:30 am (English)
 
                    7:30 am (English)
 
                    8:30 am (English)
 
                     9:30 am (English)
 
                  10:30 am – 8:30 pm (Devotees allowed to visit and pray at  the Basilica)
 
                   4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Prayers for those with special needs at  the Basilica)
 
How to Reach,
Many buses are available from the city that will stop near Mount Mary Church. One can also hire taxis or auto-rickshaws to reach the church easily.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Bandra Jn
 
Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Maharashtra
City
Mumbai
Location
Bandra West
Address
Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Contact Info
Phone: 022 2642 3152
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra
Nearest Railway Station
Bandra Jn (BA)
Nearest Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
IN
latitude : 19.088699340 longitude :72.867897030
Corporation : Mumbai
GPS Code : VABB
Open Year
1760
Architect
British style
Visiting Hours
6am to 9pm

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