Mount Mary Church, Mumbai

Mount Mary Church is located on a beautiful hill on the outskirts of Mumbai. It is one of the most well known churches in Mumbai. It was constructed by the Portuguese in 1640 and was later reconstructed in 1761. It is believed that Mount Mary Church was destroyed in 1738, during a Maratha raid. Later Mother Mary's statue was recovered from Arabian Sea by local fishermen and was kept in St. Andrews, before being moved to the newly constructed Mount Mary Church.

Mount Mary Church is dedicated to Mother Mary and in the month of September, a fair is celebrated for a week, commonly known as Bandra Fair by the people of Mumbai. People from far off places come to visit the shrine and receive the blessings of Virgin Mary.

The stalls in the carnival sell Goan sweets, wax idols of Mother Mary, and collection of candles in the shape of hands, feet and different other parts of the body. The ailing people light candles in the Church that correspond to their illness with the hope that Mother Mary will cure them of their ailment.

Not just Christians, but people from all religion come to visit Mount Mary Church. Marathi community calls Mother Mary as - Math Mauli. The picturesque location of the church gives a wonderful view of the sunset over the Arabian Sea.

Last Updated on 19 May 2011