St. Michael’s Church, Madikeri, India

Lourdes Grotto

A tall cross-topped bell tower on a hill over a busy street scene in Madikeri can be seen from all around the hilly city in Coorg; and beckons the faithful to the peaceful St. Michael’s Church. After a greeting from the patron Saint Michael the Archangel at the entrance gate, the large compound houses the church, a school, a chapel and a life-size Lourdes Grotto with an altar table for Mass celebrations. Inside the airy church one will find serenity in front of the three-paneled main altar backdrop with bright hopeful background anchored by the Crucifixion of Jesus with Our Lady of Lourdes on the left and St. Michael on the right. The church also contains a glass-encased shrine of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus, along with a lighted display of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.