Friday, June 7, 2019

Profile of Mount Mary church

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The shrine of Our Lady of the Mount popularly known as Mount Mary or Mat Mauli, the corrupted form of Mata Mauli or Mother Mauli, is one of the most famous Christian shrines in India. The shrine, at that time a modest little hermitage, was founded by the Jesuits round about the years 1568-1570. In 1640 the hermitage was enlarged into a chapel. However another reference states, " In the year 1678 a chapel was built by the Portuguese and named Capella de N. Senhora do Monte, which was made filial to the ancient church of St. Anne."( B. L. D'silva in the Indian Antiquary XIX, pp. 443-44.) However one thing is certain that by 1679 it had become a famous place of pilgrimage frequented by Christrians and non-Christians alike. The present church which is a fine example of Gothic architecture with its noble facade and its soaring spires was built in 1904. he status of the shrine of Mount Mary was raised to a Minor Basilica by Pope Pius XII, at the time of the centenary celebrations of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
A huge fair is held in honour of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and is celebrated during the Octave (Sunday to Sunday) following the feast on 8th September. During the period thousands of devotees from all walks of life with no discrimination of caste and creed throng the road leading to the chapel of Our Lady of the Mount that goes to show the secular nature and cosmopolitan character of Bombay city.
Info sourced from Maharashtra State Gazetteers 



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11 comments:

  1. What A Masterpiece - Thanx For Sharing

    Cheers

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  2. I love the backstory on the church. It really does have ancient origins.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this detailed info. My maid gave me 'prasad' of Mount Mary (mat maauli) and I started going to the Church during the fair. Haven't been to the Church for some years now.

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  4. Great to read. Beautiful church.

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  5. Lovely church. I like that it welcomes all denominations.

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  6. Impressive! Building and history!

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  7. Hari OM
    that was most interesting! Great profile shot too! YAM xx

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  8. The Gothic architecture is fabulous Deepak, I can see this would be the perfect spot for a celebration fair ✨

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  9. Beautiful church with a very interesting history!!

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  10. What a beautiful building with a rich history.

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