The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, also known as Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Church which is located in Bandra, Mumbai. Set on a small hill at an elevation of about 80 meters above sea level, the church overlooks the Arabian Sea. Devotees from all across the world visit the church throughout the year. People strongly believe in the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They come from different faiths to pray to Virgin Mary.
On the first Sunday after 8 September, the birthday of Virgin Mary, the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated. There is a week-long celebration post the feast, which is locally known as the Bandra Fair. The fair is popular in Mumbai and is visited by thousands of people.
During this fair, the entire area surrounding the church is decorated with area is decorated with ribbons and flowers. There are stalls set up which sell religious articles, snacks and sweets. People also get to shop for wax figures of the Virgin Mary.
The statue of the Virgin Mary
The structure of the church is around 100 years old. However, the statue of Our Lady dates back to the 16th century. During the 16th century, Jesuit priests from Portugal brought this statue to Mumbai and constructed a chapel around it. In 1700, Arab pirates disfigured the statue of Our Lady by cutting off its right hand. In 1760, the church was again built and the statue was substituted with a statue of Our Lady of Navigators placed in St. Andrew's church which is located nearby. Later, the previous statue of Our Lady was restored.