Mahim Church or St. Michael’s Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches as well as one of oldest existing Portuguese buildings in Mumbai. Mahim church is famous for its Novenas on Wednesdays, which is visited by thousands. It is located near Mahim Causeway.
The Mahim church, originally built in 1534 by Antonin do Porto, is rebuilt a number of times, the present structure dating to 1973.
Not only Christians, but people of other faiths come to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary and attend mass every Wednesday. Devotees believe that visiting the Church on nine consecutive Wednesdays (Novena) will grant their wishes. They offer floral garlands according to the Hindu customs and repeat prayers before the image. Some of them offer wax figures of what they desire, for example, a wax house. Around 40-50,000 devotees visit the church every week. The weekly Novena services were started in 1948, when a priest Fr. Edward Fernandes from Mumbai noticed a similar ritual celebrating Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Belfast, Northern Ireland, during his visit to Europe. Initially, only two services were held every Wednesday, but today from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm, the thirteen services are held in various languages: English, Konkani, Marathi, Tamil and Hindi.
How to reach Mahim Church?
You can get down at Mahim station (western line) and take a taxi towards Mahim church. Auto rickshaws dont play in Mahim suburb.
Compiled by – Townmumbai.com Team