Mumbai is a treat for the visitors. My daughter was enjoying every journey along with us. We returned home after visiting the Museum and began to chart out the next day’s program. We planned a different journey this time; it was the divine church of Mother Mary in Bandra. I have heard about the popular Bandra fair as many people from Pune also pay a visit to be a part of the festival and receive blessings from the miraculous Mother Mary. The festival is celebrated in September every year and that part of town is fully lit up for the fair.
We were preparing to leave for Bandra in the morning. My aunt served breakfast for all of us and we decided to go by the local train. It was already 9:30am when we left the house. As soon as we reached the Churchgate station and as usual, you can imagine the crowd in the railway station on a working day. I held on to my daughter and walked through the crowd. My husband quickly joined the queue at the ticket counter and within a few minutes, he purchased return tickets for Bandra. The train arrived in five minutes and we made our way through a huge crowd to board the train. It took less than half hour to arrive in Bandra. We got into a rickshaw that left us in front of the Basilica. It is located very near to the railway station and is hardly 3km away.
The cathedral looked elegant which stood atop a hill. We walked in to the church; there were a large number of devotees immersed in prayers. We entered the main hall; all of us were mesmerized on seeing the beautiful interiors and the divine aura. We sat down and began to spend a few moments in prayers. My daughter as usual began her question session, I replied with the little I knew about the church and its history. It is a wonderful feeling that I experienced within the church. When I looked into Mother Mary’s eyes, I felt that so much of care and love that was flowing towards me. It was a wonderful start for a positive day!