Mount Mary Church
In our busy lives, somewhere there is a room for emotion and peace which you don’t realize because you have initiated yourself in the tremendous daily struggle for success,parallely peace of heart and mind is also the most necessary thing to gain. Keep everything aside and take a deep breath because it is time for you to gift some peace to your soul and nothing could be better than a visit to Mount Mary Church to discover your new peaceful soul.
About the Church:-This beautiful Church is located inBandraMumbai, India.The basilica stands on a hillock, about 80 meters above sea level overlooking the Arabian Sea. It is 100 year old Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Mother Mary. Annuallyhuge number of devotees and pilgrims visit this Church from all across the world. There is a presence of a miraculous power of Virgin Marywhich is to be believed strongly by the devotees. It is said that every pure heart suffering from any situation is blessed and helped by Mary and the problem gets solved, but this needs unbreakable faith and believe.
The tragedy of the Church:-
In the year 1738 the Church was brutally destroyed in a raid by Marathas. During those early days religion demarcation was a sentimental issue and Marathas were also in a tendency to take over the land of the Church.The history behind the Shrine being destroyed few stories are to be heard, true or not is not yet specified but mostly related to water and fire. While two of the Shrine were allegedly fished out of the sea,the third Shrine was graced the altar of a church which is now submerged below Vihar lake.
The fourth Shrine went up in flames on Good Friday and lay neglected for years. Apart from Marathas In 1700 Arab pirates interested in the gilt-lined object held in the hand disfigured the statue by cutting off the right hand.Inspite of all these tragedies Mouth Mary Church is standing still at its place since years till date which people consider to be the blessing of Virgin Mary.
Unknown and strange fact about the statue of Virgin Mary:-
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. There is a shocking unrealistic story behind the holy statue. Koli Fisherman dreamt about a statue which he would specifically find in the sea. Later within few years he found the statue was floating in the sea.
A Jesuit Annual Letter dated to 1669 and published in the book St. Andrew's church, Bandra (1616–1966) supports this claim. The Koli Fishermen call the statue as Mot Mauli, literally meaning The Pearl Mother (the word Mot being used as "mount" and Mauli, meaning Mother). However the previous statue is now restored and enjoys the place of honour in the basilica. Both Hindu and Koli Christians visit this shrine often giving it a kind of syncretic nature.People there believe to get peace of mind and purity in heart as soon as they step in the Chapel.
Best time to visit:-
There is a fair held in Bandra outside the church every year. It is celebrated in the month of Septemberfor 8 to 10 days, starting from the Sunday which occurs after September 8 because it is believed that Mother Mary was born on September 8.The entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. A moment of celebration and gatherings are spread all around.
There are many stalls of religious articles, roasted grams, snacks, rides and sweets on the either side of the road. The unique part about the fair is Wax figures of the Virgin Mary, along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands; feet and various other parts of the body are sold at kiosks. The sick and the suffering choose a candle or wax figure that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.During this time of the year the rate of tourist and visitors are comparatively more than other times in the year.
Travel by bus:-
Travel by bus:-Travelling by bus will give you a perfect view of Mumbai street and well known surroundings.
Starting From :Bandra Bus Station West.
Destination :Mount Mary Steps Municipal Garden.
Total Stops : 12.
Travel Time : 32 Minutes.
Route Distance (Km) : 3.
First Bus Timing From Bandra Bus Station West : 05:45.
Last Bus Timing From Bandra Bus Station West : 24:00.
First Bus Timing From Mount Mary Steps Municipal Garden : 06:00
Last Bus Timing From Mount Mary Steps Municipal Garden : 24:00.
Travel by train:-
Railway connectivity is very smooth from all the corners of the country. Two of the best express trains to Mumbai are Duronto and Rajdhani and the station where you need to get down is named as ChhatrapatiShivaji terminus railway station, there are many other trains available as well. As soon as you reach Mumbai you can apparently experience the fun of travelling by local trains. Nearest stations to reach to your destination in local are: -Bandra andMahim Junction.
Travel by air:-
The journey by train is time consuming. Hence, if you can’t wait to visit your destination fly down to Mumbai, these are the following airports:- Mumbai domestic airport at Vile Parle and ChatrapatiShivaji International Airport in Andheri, from the airport you can take cabs and for buses you need to go out of the airport till the main road and you will easily get a bus which will help you to reach smoothly to your destination.
Science can definitely gift us with developed gadgets and technologies but few things are away from this comparison, faith and belief are the perfect terms to be used here. Hence, this church is believed to make all your wishes come true, put your gadgets away make your time and give yourself little peace and get your wishes fulfilled by visiting Mount Mary church and make a more boosted come back in your life with the blessings of Mother Mary.
By IsitaThapa 6th January, 2019.
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