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Visit These Churches In Pondicherry This Easter

Chocolate bunnies that sit pretty, colorful eggs, and people that hop onto the vibe of renewal and hope – if you don’t know what the occasion is yet, it’s Easter. Marking the holiest event in Christianity, Easter is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s miraculous resurrection. You’ll see folks visiting the church and offering prayers galore. Let’s explore some of the churches you can visit in India’s France, Pondicherry, a land known for churches owing to the French influence.

Churches To Visit In Pondicherry

  1. The Sacred Heart Basilica
  2. Our Lady Of Lourdes Shrine
  3. Our Lady Of Angels Church
  4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

1. The Sacred Heart Basilica

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Located in the south of Pondicherry, this century-old church is a must-visit holy stop for Christians. Even if you’re not a believer, you must stop by this place to marvel at its Gothic architecture. Right at the entrance, you can spot a Latin inscription that roughly means that the church was consecrated by Christ himself and that his eyes and heart will forever remain there. As you go inside, pause for a moment and observe the stained glass windows that depict the life of Christ and other saints.

This church in Pondicherry is open on all days but the timings of the mass differ on some days. If you happen to be here for Easter and want to attend the mass, ask for the time beforehand.

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2. Our Lady Of Lourdes Shrine

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9 km away from Pondicherry’s heart, in a village called Villianur is this interesting church influenced by a French Basilica. This Roman Catholic church was erected in 1876 and is devoted to Mother Mary. The effigy of Our Lady was imported from Lourdes, France.

Did you know this cathedral is the only one in Asia to house a sacred pond on the premises? Just like a dip in the Ganges, a dip in this pond is said to remove illness and bring good fortune. It’s because of this reason that you'll see several devotees bathing in the pond at the time of honoring Madonna.

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3. Our Lady Of Angels Church

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Formerly known as the Notre Dame Des Anges Church, this is the fourth-oldest chapel in Pondicherry. It also happens to be the only church in India to hold masses in three languages- Tamil, English, and French. Facing the Bay of Bengal, this church is a must-visit for both believers and explorers as there’s only something to gain. While the believers can soak in the meditative ambiance against the calm of the sea, the latter can fancy the architecture and capture some aesthetic clicks.

The architecture here is Greco-Roman inspired and has clearly defined columns and grandeur that shines through the pastel blush and lime paint.

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4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

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Located in the heart of Pondicherry, this church is easily accessible. It’s also known as Samba Kovil in the local tongue which is the phonetic version of Saint Paul, the saint to whom this church is dedicated. Although built in 1791, this church still looks fresh and new. It’s a tourist favorite because of the architectural similarities to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in France.

The key attraction here is the bell tower and the surrounding statues and altars. You can even walk in the promenade by the sea or participate in events organized by the church.

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Summing Up

Easter is a happy time with families coming together, eating hearty meals, and of course, playing the egg hunts. While some relax on the long weekend of this festival, many visit the church and sing songs in praise of the Lord. With this list of the best churches in Pondicherry to witness Easter, all you need to do is pack and leave!

FAQ

Is It A Good Time To Visit Pondicherry?

The best time to visit Pondicherry is between October and March.

Are 2 Days Sufficient For Pondicherry?

Yes, 2 days are sufficient to explore key hotspots in Pondicherry. However, if you have time you can spend 3 to 4 days and explore at your leisure.

Can I Visit Pondicherry Alone?

Yes, Pondicherry is a good option for a solo trip. It’s also safe for solo women travelers and has good scope to either spend time alone or interact with tourists.

Is INR 5,000 Enough For A Pondicherry Trip?

A 2-day trip to Pondicherry will cost anywhere between INR 5,000 to INR 10,000.