The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is commonly known as Mount Mary Church. It is a Roman Catholic Church and has stood erect for over 100 years.
Virgin Mary's birthday is celebrated as a week-long celebration on 8th September. Many pilgrims visit the church for their petition to come, especially during the fair.
Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
A Portuguese company constructed the Mount Mary Church during the 16th century CE. The purpose of this church was to have an oratory devoted to the visit of the virgin Mary. The original statue of mother God in the oratory was made of wood in Portugal and shipped by the Jesuit Priests.
During the 17th century, Arab pirates attacked Bandra. While they were looking for valuables and treasures, they started stripping the retreat. They broke off the right arm of Mary's statue to check if it's made of gold. When they settled on the idea and arranged to implement it, a large group of honeybees entered the community and attacked them. They flowed sharply from severe things. At this point, they realized it was the result of their wrong actions in the church. The church was rebuilt in 1760, when this broken image was replaced with a statue of Our Lady of Navigators in St. Andrew's church nearby. The Koli Fishermen call the statue Mot Mauli, which means the Pearl Mother, or the Mother of the Mount (Mot being a corruption of the word "mount" and Mauli, for Mother). This church has followers and visitors from other religions apart from Christians.
Located on a small hillock at about 262 feet above sea level in Bandra, the queen of suburbs, Mount Mary Church is the most beautiful Church in Mumbai. The view from the church is very beautiful. One can see the Arabian Sea from here and the Mumbai skyline from the background.
The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm. The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters in Konkan have a comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry.
Things to do
Attend festive activities during Bandra Fair and offer prayers at the Church. One can shop for religious artefacts, innovatively shaped candles and wax figures of the Virgin Mary.
Nearest tourist places
- Bandra Bandstand:- There is a beautiful sea-facing public walk. Many film stars reside in Bandra. Salman Khan's House at Galaxy Apartment at the start of Bandra Bandstand. Shahrukh Khan's house is towards the end of the road. (0.9 KM)
- Bandra Fort at Land's End:- Bandra Bandstand road ends at Bandra Fort. This place has a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea and Bandra-Worli Sea Link. (0.8 KM)
Siddhivinayak Temple at Dadar. (7 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel
Mumbai is famous for all kinds of foods ranging from street foods to 5 Stars restaurants.
The meal which the people mainly prefer is coastal flavours, (Bombil fry, teesri sukka masala and fish curry rice), affordable alcohol and singing karaoke on Monday nights.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
Mumbai is quite an expensive city with different kinds of suburbs. Being the financial and entertainment capital, it is expensive as compared to other cities in the country. The most popular areas such as Bandra, South Mumbai, Powai are probably the best suburban areas. Middle-class people always prefer under budget hotels affordable to them.
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
The best time to visit this place is in the month of September.
The 8th of September is celebrated as the birthday of the Virgin Mary by Catholics across the world. A week-long fair is celebrated from 8th September every year. If the 8th of September is not on Sunday then this fair starts on the 1st Sunday of the month of September. Before the Bandra fair, 9 days of Novena are observed.
Open throughout the year.
Monday to Saturday- 8:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M, 2:00 P.M to 8.30 P.M .
Saturday- 10:30 A.M to 8:30 P.M
No Entry fees are required.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi