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Bandel Church

Bandel Church, also known as Basilica of the Holy Rosary, is counted among the oldest churches of West Bengal. It is situated in Hooghly district and was constructed in the year 1599 by Portuguese people. The first church was destroyed, and a new church was established in its place in the year 1660. Bandel Church is well-connected via road while the nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata. It is open for public throughout the year. Bandel Church timings are from 6AM to 6PM. An annual festival is celebrated at the church, and a huge number of believers gather there for the occasion. The status of Basilica was bestowed upon the church by Pope II. Bandel Church houses some tombstones, an organ and a shrine dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being small in size, it is a popular church which is visited by Indian and foreign tourists.
Neha Bhise Sadalge
Gautam Lahiri
The history of Bandel Church is mesmerizing. I am sure it will take your breath away.I have to dip you into a bit of a history to give context to what we saw. In 1498, Vasco Da Gama, a Portuguese explorer came to India and anchored at Calicut or Kozikode in Kerela. Ever since then India had seen Portuguese settlements across the Indian subcontinent. Bandel church has its design from Portugal. One of the oldest churches in India; dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosario, Our Lady of Rosary was presented to the visitors in the year 1650 by the Portuguese. It was founded, way back in 1599.Every room, courtyard we visited, pages of history unfolded. It is said that a Portuguese ship met near disaster of getting sunk in the sea. The ship's captain, prayed for safety for his ship and men. He promised to bequeath a mast of his ship to the first church he sees and it was this church which he caught up with. Till today, the mast of that stricken ship can be seen in the church.However, unfortunately we could not see it as the mast was blown away in a local cyclone in 2010. Fables also say that the word "Bandel"possibly, meant "a mast of a ship" in Portuguese. So, this was the background behind the church's name and the name of the place.The best way to explain, perhaps, is to give you a pictorial trip through the church.