Mount Mary Church Bandra – The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Basilica located in Bandra, Mumbai.
Even though the church edifice is 100 years old, the history of the current statue of Our Lady dates back to the 16th century when Jesuit priests from Portugal got the statue to the current place and built a chapel.
In 1700, the Arab pirates interested in the gilt-lined object held in hand disfigured the statue and cut the right hand.
In the year 1760, the church was rebuilt, with the statue being substituted with a statue of ‘Our Lady of Navigators’ in St. Andrew’s Church which is nearby.
The statue has an interesting history. It is told that a Koli fisherman had a dream of finding a statue in the sea, and the statue was found floating in the sea between 1700 and 1760.
The Jesuit Annual Letter, which is dated 1669 and was published in the book of St. Andrew’s Church, Bandra (1616–1966), confirms this fact.
The Koli Fishermen refer to the statue as Mot Mauli, which means ‘The Pearl Mother.’ Mot started being referred to as “mount” and Mauli, meaning “Mother.”
The earlier statue is now restored and enjoys the precious place of honor in the basilica. People of all religions, especially Hindu and Koli Christians, often visit this shrine and ask Mother Mary to bless them with their intentions.
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.
There are masses held in the mornings. Devotes need to first pass through the church by offering flowers and candles, followed by entering the fair where you have all types of rides, sweets, household items, children’s toys, etc. The fair is on for around 7 days.
Bandra Fair attracts lakhs of pilgrim devotees every year. People of all faiths and religions come to this feast to ask for favors or to thank Mother Mary for the favors granted.
It is believed that anything asked in faith at the shire of Mount Mary is fulfilled. The shrine is open all days of the week.
Weekdays – 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sun – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE MOUNT
BANDRA, MUMBAI – 400 050
Address: Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050. Phone: 022 2642 3152
How to reach: Bandra Station is the nearest station to the church.