Friday, 21 December 2012

Infant Jesus Shrine Church, Bangalore, India

Infant Jesus Shrine Church, Bangalore, India

Infant Jesus Church, Bangalore
Established in the year 1979 by Rev Dr. Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church is dedicated to Infant Jesus. Devotees flock to this church to offer prayers, request miracles and seek forgiveness.


Infant Jesus Shrine Church

Infant Jesus Shrine Church
In the mid sixties, the Sacred Heart Parish of Bangalore extended to areas like Sonyanahalli, now known as Viveknagar which were faraway for pastoral care. So, Rev. Fr.Paul Kinatukara, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church felt the need for a separate parish for areas around Sonyanahalli and undertook a vigorous unsuccessful search for a suitable land.

One day as the Parish Priest was walking, he entered a garden in Sonyanahalli. It was a well maintained rose garden. He was impressed. "If only I could get this land for the Church" he wondered. "Oh! How nice it could be". But then, he felt that it was impossible, because over a lakh of roses were exported per week from there.

However he felt a mysterious power overcoming him and made him resolve on the spot to buy this land at any cost. With this frame of mind, he returned home. As days rolled by, on suggestion, he prayed to the Infant Jesus of Prague [Nine hour Novena] for two months for help in his quest for land. His prayers were immediately answered and the rose garden was brought for a windfall price. 18th April, 1969, the foundation for a new church was laid by Most Rev. Dr.S.Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore. 1971, Rev.Fr. L.Peter was appointed as the first parish priest of the new church, who took steps to celebrate the holy mass on the newly acquired land, brought the Infant Jesus statue from Sacred Heart church and installed it in an improvised old tent and thus began the "Tent Church" which lasted for over eight years.

MayThe newly acquired land, popularly known as the "Rose garden" surrounded by thick vegetation was infested with snakes and poisonous reptiles and with no street lights was plunged in darkness at night. All this did not deter the faithful who flocked to the church. 1972, this new parish was canonically erected by the Most Rev. Dr.P.Arokiaswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore. 1974, the local authorities turned down the plan for the new Church for want of the approval of the Bangalore Development Authority, but Fr.Peter patiently toiled on. 26th October 1977, the powerful and miraculous intervention of Infant Jesus finally enabled him to get the approval and the entire development charges of Rs.50,000 was completely waived off, which was the first ever waiver in the history of the Bangalore development authority.

Since all the events occurred on Thursday, the day was dedicated to Infant Jesus. 29th June 1979, the Most Rev. Dr.D.S.Lourduswamy, Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelisation of the people, came from Rome, blessed and opened the new Infant Jesus Church in the presence of a very large gathering of devotees of different faiths. [A new church is being built in place of the existing one and is expected to be completed by December 2003. Click here for more ] June 22nd 1989, Infant Jesus Shrine, adjacent to the church, was blessed by His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr.Alphonsus Mathias, Archbishop of Bangalore and opened to the faithful to honour and glorify the divine Infant Jesus of Prague. The Little King has been enthroned as the Great King of the world to assist His subjects in their trials, difficulties, and crosses.

He Who Himself has suffered so much desires to assist those who come to Him. He wishes to attract all hearts to His own through the attractiveness and simplicity of His Divine Infancy. The devotion to Infant Jesus has become widespread and the Infant Jesus Shrine is now known as the place of pilgrimage, miracles and Divine solace not only in this state, but across the country.

Infant Jesus Church Entrance

Novena :

Our Mother Mary & Infant Jesus
Infant Jesus Church
[Every hour for nine successive hours per day] O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (Make your request) O Jesus, Who has said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted. (Make your request) O Jesus, Who has said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. (Make your request)

O Miraculous Infant Jesus, we prostrate before Your Image and beseech You to cast your merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Your tender Heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore You. [Mention your request] Take from us all despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For Your Sacred Infancy's sake, hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid that we may praise You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Holy Infant Jesus, through your life on earth, you revealed to us by many marvels your hidden power. So now bless us abundantly with your uplifted hand and graciously deign to hear the petitions of those who call upon you in faith and trust. Amen. Our Father ... And the Word became Man And dwelt among us - [3] Hail Mary....... And the Word became Man And dwelt among us Hail Mary - [11] Glory be.....O Infant Jesus bless us and hear our prayers - [3]

O miraculous Infant Jesus . We prostrate before you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let your tender heart, So inclined to pity, be softened by out prayers, and grant us the grace for which we ardently implore you. (Mention your prayer) Take from us all afflictions adn despair, all trials and misforunes by which we are laden. Four your sacred Infancy's sake hear our prayers and send us consalation and aid, that we may praise you with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.Amen


O most generous Infant Jesus, we, on our knees before your Sacred Image, have come to express our deep thankfulness to you for all the favours we have received at your hands. We believe, Jesus, that together with the father and Holy Spirit you are our Creator and Saviour. Henceforth , we place all our trust in you. Through this miraculous statue, may your devotion be spread throughout the world and may all Christians pay homage to your Holy Childhood and gain thereby untold divine blessings and favours. All praise and honour be to the Infant Jesus. Amen

May the Lord Jesus be with you to defend you; may He be with you to sustain you ;may He go before you to show you the way; may He follow you to guard you; from above may He bless you with the Father and the Holy Spirit who lives and reigns for ever and ever, Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Piligrim Centre
Located in the Church campus, it has 10 rooms
(2/3 bedrooms) and Halls (for large groups).
Advance booking facility is for Halls, only.
Contact Info (see Below "contact us")

Free Bible course
In Tamil and English on every Saturday,
by Rev Fr Stanislaus, Professor from
St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore
at Hall No. 3, in the Pilgrim Centre.
2009 program: Gospels & St. Pauls Letters.


Where to stay:


Novotel Bengaluru Techpark
Opposite Intel Campus, Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Bangalore 560103
Tel: 080-6670 5000
Fax: 080-6670 5001

Royal Orchid Central
47/1 Dickenson Road, Manipal Centre, Bangalore 560 042
Fax: 080-2558 8594

The Grand Magrath
30, Magrath Road, Bangalore 560 025
Tel: 080-2555 1555
Fax: 080-2554 3994

Hotel Regaalis
40/2, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560 001
Fax: 080-2221 4857


Rev. Fr Roys,  The Rector (Shrine)
Infant Jesus Shrine, PO No. 4712, Vivek Nagar
Rev. Fr Balraj. R.,  Parish Priest (Church)

Infant Jesus Church, PO No. 4712, Vivek Nagar

Rev. Fr Michael Y,  The Asistant Rector (Shrine)
Infant Jesus Shrine, PO No. 4712, Viveknagar
Rev. Fr Vincent Santhosh,  The Asistant Parish Priest (Parish)
Infant Jesus Church, PO No. 4712, Viveknagar

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