The next destination in our list was the Infant Jesus Shrine which is one of the few Roman churches in the city. It came into existence in the year 1971 and located in an area known as Vivek Nagar. It is devoted to Infant Jesus for commemorating Infant Jesus Prague. Ever since the establishment of the shrine, it has been associated with numerous miracles and has gained popularity over the years. We also came to know that in the year 2005, a new building was added to the one that already existed.
One of the members told us that it was the then Archbishop of Bangalore, Rev Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy who had laid the foundation stone of the Infant Jesus Church on 18th April, 1969. After that, Rev. Fr. L. Peter was appointed as the first Parsi priest in the month of May, 1971. He started a church in the form of a small tent on the same site after bringing a statude of Infant Jesus kept at Sacred Heart Church, Bangalore. The process of congregation extended for around eight years when the building of the church was finally inaugurated on 29th June, 1979.
The inauguration was done by the then Secretary of Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples in Rome, Rev. Dr. D. S. Lourduswamy. We also learnt that the new building of the church was inaugurated by Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, the present Archbishop of Bangalore on 9th June, 2005.
The new building has been devoted to Rev. Dr. Pedro Lopex Quintana who is Apostolic Nuncio to India. The new building is made up of a fan like hall which has the ability to house 2,500 people at a time. The responsibility of the architectural work of the new building was given to K. Thomas and Associates in Bangalore.
The main portion of the church showcases the scene of nativity present at the Church of Nativity from Bethelem. The miracles related to shrine are considered to be the main reasons for the church’s fame. Many famous south Indian files have been shot in this church as well. One of the worshippers told us that more than 10,000 people from different religions visit the church during the Thursday mass.