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A Church for Infant Jesus

Mysore, which is famous for its two-tower St.Philomena’s Church, has one more church. The new Church, a mixture of the famous Mogul and Mysore style of architecture, is dedicated to Infant Jesus of Prague.

The new shrine was inaugurated on January 4 at the newly formed “Pushpashrama” in R.S. Naidu Nagara amidst religious fervor. The consecration was done by Provincial Superior Rev. Fr. Joe Tauro. Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Vazhapilly, Bishop of Mysore, Dr. Joseph D’Silva, Bishop of Bellary, Rev. Dr. Joseph Roy, Bishop Emeritus of Mysore, Mr. J. Alexander, former IAS Officer and the new Minister of Tourism of Karnataka, were among those present.

The new Church’s imposing mixture of Mogul-Mysore architecture, an architecture liberally adopted for construction of public buildings, including the Palace in Mysore, is a feast to the artistic eye. Five Mogul domes topped with a Kalasa mix the two great
architectures, making it aesthetically beautiful and pleasing to the eyes. The main entrance, the window design and the pillars are a reminiscent of the style of the famous Mysore Palace.

According to Rev. Dominic Vas, Rector of the Church, the shrine’s grotto reminds the visitors of the K.R. (Krishnarajendra) Circle monument located in the heart of the city. “The life-size fresco of the Last Supper above the main entrance is a faithful replica of the world famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci,” he says. The life tree, the stained glass windows depicting the way of the cross, the window grills displaying landmarks of Old Testament are other features of the new church.

At the function, Rev. Dr. Joseph Roy consecrated the image of Infant Jesus and the shrine with holy water. The Bishop of Bellary inaugurated the prayer hall. Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly led the mass and in his address to the huge gathering appealed for peace in the world.

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