Outside, in the corner of the church compound across from the Metro station is a life-size representation of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The story of Our Lady of Lourdes started on February 11, 1858 in a small town located in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range of southern France. Our Lady appeared eighteen times to fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous in that small town between February and July and delivered several messages, including one where she said, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. The glass-encased statue of Our Lady sits atop a large mound of rocks decorated by various types of vegetation bringing to mind the idea of water and life springing forth from the rocks on which the statue of Mary stands. The cross-topped, glass enclosure is inscribed with the words, “Our Lady of Lourdes”; and interestingly has Our Lady’s face on both the front and back, so that her gaze can be seen inside and outside of the compound. When illuminated at night, the Shrine is visible from the Metro Station, and provides a landmark for passersby on the corner of Swami Vivekananda (Old Madras Road) and 80-feet roads.