One of the most famous churches in Mumbai and arguably all of India, Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Basilica known for being the site of feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the subsequent Bandra Fair. The tall steeples sit on a hill overlooking the sea and draws in thousands of pilgrims and devotees of all faiths. Once a simple shrine, it is now a semi-Gothic structure with stone pillars and twin bell towers. It is unique to see such a central house of worship for Christianity in a country that has a large Hindu majority.
The church’s interior has a nave with teak-wood detailing and Mangalore tiles, as well as altars and a domed sanctuary. In one of the world’s busiest and most bustling cities, the church is a respite of peace and calm for many.
Mount Mary Church is located in the Bandra area of Mumbai. Mass takes place four to six times daily, and is free to all to enter. The closest railway stop is the historic Bandra Station. The Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary takes place annually on September 8th, with the Bandra Fair taking place the week after.