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    St. Michael Church in Mumbai

    The St. Michael Church in Mumbai was originally built in 1534 by the Portuguese rulers. It has undergone many renovations since then and the latest structure of the church was built in 1973. It in fact is among the oldest existing buildings dating back to the era of Portuguese Rule. The church mainly came into limelight in 2008 when the picture of Lord Jesus showed red spots which were believed to be blood. This event didn’t only attract Christians but followers of other religions from even neighboring states. To have a look at the picture there was about a kilometer-long queue in front of the church. As per the beliefs, if a devotee visits the church for nine consecutive Wednesdays his wishes get granted by the lord. The weekly Novena services of the church were started in 1947 when Fr. Edward Placidus Fernandes noticed similar rituals in Europe and thought to bring that to India. This is a great time to visit the church and attend mass prayer.

    In a way we can say that this church led to the beginning of Catholic legacy in Mumbai and India. Everyday devotees gather and attend the daily sermons as it gets decorated with lights and garlands. Some parts of this Catholic Church however looks deteriorated but have a charm of its own. Glass painting, wooden benches, arched structures and gateways and images of Jesus and Virgin Mary make it look even more beautiful. The church is in close proximity with other attractions such as Worli Sea-Link, Mahim Fort and a small flea market opposite to the church. 

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