The Bandra Fair is a week long fair held every year in Bandra, a western suburb of Mumbai, India. The fair starts on the following Sunday after September 8. It is celebrated to commemorate the Nativity of Mary, mother of Jesus, on September 8 at the Mount Mary Church, Bandra.
The Nativity of Mary, or Birth of the Virgin Mary refers to the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary by her parents Saint Anne & Saint Joachim.
Tradition celebrates the event as a liturgical feast in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints and in most Anglican liturgical calendars on 8 September.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Church located in Bandra West, Mumbai. It has highest number of visitors and is considered to be Mumbai’s most famous church.
About Bandra Fair :
The Bandra Fair refers to the celebrations that are connected with the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Mount known as the Feast of the Nativity (Birth) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is estimated that the Bandra Fair is around 300 years old. The fair started when a statue of Mother Mary was found floating in the Arabian Sea between 1700 and 1760, which, according to a legend, a Koli fisherman had dreamt about a few years earlier.
During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings.
Besides the religious experience, Bandra Fair also includes the social experience of relaxing, camaraderie, alms-giving and enjoyment.
There is an atmosphere of fun as we go through the various stalls that constitute the Fair.
Bandra Fair Photos :
Many stalls are setup which sell roasted grams, sweet items, religious objects like wax figures of the Virgin Mary, along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands, feet and various other parts of the body.
The sick and suffering choose one that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.
According to historical records, the statue of ‘Our Lady of Navigators’ was in the chapel at the mount from 1700 to 1760. It is said that in 1760 Arab pirates attacked Bandra and they chopped one of the arm of the statue. The statue was later re-installed in 1761.
Over the years the Virgin of the Mount came to be known in different names in colloquial Marathi, ‘Matha Mavli’, ‘Mothi Mavli’ and now ‘Mot Mavli’.
Mount Mary Bandra Fair 2016 Dates :
Bandra Fair 2016 Start Date: 11th September, 2016 (Sunday)
Bandra Fair 2016 End Date: 18th September, 2016 (Sunday)
The 9 days before the Bandra Fair, from 2 September, 2016 to 10 September, 2016, Mount Mary Basilica performs “Novena” (prayer) for the Blessed Virgin Mary.