Featured Church: Our Lady of Lourdes Church – Halasuru, Bangalore, India

Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a peaceful haven alongside a busy commercial street in east-central Bangalore in the Halasuru neighborhood. The entrance to the large compound is marked by a shrine for Our Lady of Vailankanni (Our Lady of Good Health) and a billboard with the church name.

A long, tree-covered driveway allows time for the senses to shift from the secular to the sacred as one approaches the white, Gothic-Revival, European-style building with a tall, cross-topped steeple. The interior of the church is bright and airy with louvered windows, and generally open doors at the back and on each end of the transepts. The ceilings are highly arched with spaced gold ribs. The ornamentation of the church is straightforward with very traditional statues and Stations of the Cross with a focal altar area accessible by seating in the nave and both transepts.

The cruciform-design structure is located in the center of a compound that also includes Lourdes Primary and High School, Lourdes Boys School, and a large open school/playfield of red deccan soil. Also on the site is the newly constructed (2019) Divine Mercy Retreat Center which holds residential retreats, Bible conventions and other activities in the center which can now accommodate 400, but is planned to eventually hold another 1,000. In front of the church is a large courtyard which includes several other shrines and statues; as well as a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France where the annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is held drawing large crowds.

Address: No. 14, Cambridge Road, Halasuru, Bengaluru 560 008

Phone: +91 80 2530 6855

Grotto – Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Halasuru, Bangalore, India

The Lourdes grotto in the church courtyard is very special to the parish and serves as the backdrop for outdoor Masses held in this large open area. The grotto is modeled after the rock cave at Lourdes, France where Our Lady appeared to fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times in 1858.

The Courtyard – Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Halasuru, Bangalore, India

The courtyard at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a special feature extending the building space to the outside beneath the canopy of several large gulmohar and palm trees. The large brick-paved space is quietly surrounded by many shrines during the weekdays, and becomes a festive area of celebration on the weekends when Masses are held outside.

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