Our Lady of Lourdes ChurchTiruchirappalli, dearly called as Trichy by the Tamil speaking population living all over the globe has got a singular significance of being the geographic center of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Trichy is singular in its own way that the celebrated urban center is usually identified by its multifaceted prospect like educational hub, industrial hub, pilgrimage spot, and spiritual hub and so on.
Being a distinguished spiritual hub, Trichy is the proud home of several celebrated religious sites that includes Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar Akhilandeswari Temple, Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, Amma Mandapam Ghat, Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Thirupattur Sri Brahmapureeswarar Temple and many other notable religious spots.
Before proceeding further, let's make the stereotypical information about the bustling city vindicated! Yes, Trichy is not just about temples. Owing to the considerable share of Muslim and Christian population, Trichy houses several significant and historic churches and mosques. While listing the long-familiar landmarks of Trichy, Our Lady of Lourdes Church is one spot that cannot be missed out at all costs.
An important place of worship of Christians, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Trichy is notable for its remarkable structure that it is a precise replication of the world renowned place of pilgrimage in France - Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The Lourde’s Church is a Roman Catholic Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.
The 111 years old Roman Catholic Basilica is beautified in Gallo-Catholic pattern. The typical neo-Gothic spires (the tall tower that forms the superstructure of the church building and that tapers to a point at the top, complex structures, several intricate paintings portraying crucifixion and martyrdom, inside the church, stained glass panels describing accounts from the Holy Scripture.
The majestic tower that stands for about 62 feet above the central area of the church (200 feet above ground level) is seeable from a radius of 8 km around the church. The exteriors of the Roman Catholic Basilica have not been repainted to maintain its ancientness intact. Altogether, Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a cogent evidence of overwhelmingly appealing craftsmanship and architectural style.
People of various religious beliefs from all over the state visit Our Lady of Lourdes Church throughout the year. As a matter of fact, icons of the Virgin Mary are beautified in typical Hindu flower necklaces. The most important annual festival of the church, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is observed on 11 February.
Architectural Marvels of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tiruchirappalli
- Chimney bell positioned at a height of 90 feet
- On the right side of the entrance, the grotto of our Heart of Jesus and on the left side of the entrance, the grotto of our Lady is found
- Spectacular stained glass window panes portraying the life of Jesus Christ, Jesuit Saints and many preachers of the Christian gospel
- On the inner church road, almost 14 stations of the Way of the Cross is located
- The middle portion of the beautiful tower showcases five statues of great saints
Our Lady of Lourdes Church,
St. Joseph’s College Campus,
(Salai Road), Tiruchirapalli - 620002
Nearest Bus Stand: Chatram Bus Stand - 800 m
Nearest Railway Station: Tiruchirappalli Fort Railway Station (TP) - 1.2 km
Nearest Airport: Tiruchirappalli International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) - 8.5 km
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Consecrated: 1840 A.D.
Present Status: Minor Basilica
Style of Architecture: Gothic
Important Timeline Events of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tiruchirappalli
- The construction work was initiated during the year 1890
- The foundation of the Roman Catholic Church was laid during the year 1895
- The overall construction of the church was finished and consecrated during the year 1903
- During the year 1999, the way of the cross was erected and consecrated
11th February: Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
18th March: Feast of St. Joseph
31st July: Feast of St. Ignatius
3rd December: Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Holy Mass Timings:
Morning: 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM
Evening: 6:30 PM
Morning: 5:15 AM, 6:15 AM and 7:30 AM
Evening: 6:30 PM
Timings: 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM
Service: Charismatic prayer service
Timings: 6:00 PM
Service: Special novena for the Sacred Heart
Timings: 6:00 PM
Service: Rosary, litany, special mass of our Lady of Lourdes
Timings: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Service: Evangelistic prayers for the power of the Holy Spirit and Exposition of the various books of the Bible