St. Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore-picnic spot

St. Mary’s Basilica is located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is among the oldest churches in Bangalore and the first.

St. Mary’s Basilica in bustling Shivajinagar is built in the Gothic style with stained glass windows. It hosts the St. Mary’s Feast each year in September. Devotees throng the basilica during the feast, which culminates in a procession with a chariot.


The church is open for all the tourists from 6:00 AM in the morning till 9:00 PM at night. Though the church is packed with devotees throughout the day, travelers will get peace and tranquility when they visit the holy shrine.

The history of St Mary’s Basilica, Bangalore goes back to 1803, when the French MEP priest Fr Jean-Antoine Dubois built a small thatched roof chapel at Bili Akki Palli which is the present day Shivajinagar.

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Who built St Mary’s Basilica?

HistoryStMary’s Basilica had a humble beginning as a thatched hut in the 17th century, built by Tamil Christian migrants from Gingee. The Shrine was then known as ‘Chapel of Kanikkai Madha’ and was located in their village where rice was grown.

St. Mary’s Basilica Bangalore

  • Weather : 20° C.
  • Timings : 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
  • Time Required : 1-2 hrs.
  • Entry Fee : No entry fee.
  • Mass Timings : Saturday: English: 6:00 AM. Tamil: 6:45 AM. Kannada: 9:00 AM. English: 10:00 AM. Tamil: 11:30 AM. Tamil: 5:45 AM. Weekdays: English: 6:00 AM. …

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St. Mary, Bangalore Overview

Built in 1882, St. Mary’s Basilica is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities it holds during the St. Mary’s Feast, in September each year. It is a marvellous sight to behold with its towering façade, glass windows, and the loving statues of Mother Mary.

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