Mount Mary Church Mumbai

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Mount Mary Church

Mount Mary Church

Mount Mary Church is the oldest church in Mumbai. Find out more information on Mount Mary Church in Bombay, India.
Location: Bandra West, Mumbai
Dedicated to:Virgin Mary
Built in: 1640
Special Attraction: Bandra Fair
How to Reach:
One can easily reach Mt Mary Church by boarding buses or trains, or by hiring autos or taxis from the city.

Mount Mary Church is considered to be the oldest in Mumbai city of India. It is situated in the West Bandra, past Hill Road, and was built initially around 1640. There are many beliefs connected with the destruction of the church, which was finally rebuilt in 1761. Mt Mary's Church is very popular amongst the natives of the city and has been visited by everyone some time or the other. Apart from the main statue, there is another statue of Mother Mary installed outside the church, in front of which people light candles and pray for the welfare of their near and dear ones.

The church is the pride and hallmark of the former city of Bombay and holds a special place in the hearts of the residents. The Marathi community refers to the Mother Mary as Math Mauli and pays due homage to her. The main attraction of the church is the Bandra Fair, which is celebrated in the month of September. The week long festival is a fun filled extravaganza, wherein the church as well as its surroundings is embellished with beautiful decorations. Thousands of people visit the church on this occasion.

Besides, the church complex is dotted with stalls selling Goan sweets and wax idols of Virgin Mary. The sick and suffering, light candles in the church, which are in the shape of hands, feet and other parts of the body. This is done with a hope that Mother Mary will cure them and free them from their afflictions. The statue present in the Church is also an interesting object and has many stories linked with it. The original statue of the Lady was brought here by the Jesuit priests from Portugal, who also built a chapel in16th century.

In 1700, the Arab pirates disfigured the statue to obtain a gold lined object in her hand. The church was rebuilt and the statue was replaced with the statue of Our Lady of Navigators, of St. Andrew's church, in 1760. According to a letter published in the book 'St. Andrew's Church', Bandra (1616-1966), a Koli fisherman, dreamt that he would find a statue in the sea. Later, he actually found this statue floating in the sea. However, in 1761, the original statue was renovated with a child in her arms and is worshiped here ever since.

Located on a hillock, at a height of about 80 m above sea level, Mother Mary Church overlooks the splashing waters of the Arabian Sea. It is thronged by millions of devotees every year and even boasts of miraculous powers which have further strengthened the faith of the pilgrims. The Church is a venerated spot for the people of all religions. Apart from its spiritual fervor, it is also a picturesque location to enjoy the scenic beauty around. The view of serene sunsets and calm waters of the sea from the hillock are awe inspiring.