The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, also known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located in Bandra, Mumbai. The church overlooks the Arabian Sea on a small hill at an elevation of about 80 meters above sea level. Devotees from all across the world visit the church throughout the year. People strongly believe in the miraculous powers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, they come from different faiths to pray to the Virgin Mary.
People of various faiths go to the Mount Mary Church, which has stood firm for centuries, to find serenity and tranquility. Small shops selling flowers, candles, and other religious offerings are on either side of the road leading to the church. The unique offerings are the wax statues offered for sale outside the chapel. People will ask Mother Mary for anything by giving her a wax figurine, such as a house, car, etc. The basilica is a magnificent but modest structure composed entirely of stone.
On the first Sunday after September 8, the birthday of the Virgin Mary, the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated. A week-long celebration post-feast is locally known as the Bandra Fair. The fair is famous in Mumbai and is visited by thousands of people.
The entire area surrounding the church is decorated with ribbons and flowers during this fair. In addition, some stalls 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.
Mount Mary Church Mumbai timings
- Mount Mary Church is open from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and then from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM from Monday to Saturday.
- On Sundays, it is open from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
Mass and Prayer Timings
- Weekday Mass – 6:30 AM and 7:15 AM (No evening mass)
- Sunday Mass – 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM (No evening mass)
- Sunday Prayers for those with special needs – 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Evening Mass/Service Timings
- First Fridays – 6:00 PM (Holy Hour Service)
- First Saturdays – 6:00 PM (Devotion prayer to Our Lady of Fatima Service)
Places to visit around Mount Mary Church Mumbai
- Bandra Fort
- Bandra Bandstand
- Jogger’s Park
- Father Agnel’s Church
- Bandra Hill Road (Street Shopping)
- Bandra Linking Road (Flea Market/Street Shopping)
- Bandra Worli Sea Link
- Siddhivinayak Temple
There is no entry fee for Mount Mary Church/Basilica Mumbai.
Best time to visit Mount Mary Church Mumbai
September is the best time to visit because that’s when the Mount Mary Fair is held. The environment and energy during the fair are contagious, leaving devotees in awe.
However, Mount Mary Church can be visited all year round.
Restaurants near Mount Mary Church, Mumbai
- House of Mandarin Bandra
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