Monday, 12 March 2012

37 Calvario Pali Hill Road Bandra W'

37 Calvario Pali Hill Road Bandra W'---- Calvary in Bandra
It’s nothing like you ever imagined, I wish that I could just see it through my Nana’s eyes in all its past glory and spectacle. An image she so dauntingly etched in our minds of a Chapel and a house nested within the topography of Bandra then. An image of different hues, a reflection of her thoughts and memories she so distinctively carved for us.  

Take the road leading to Pali hill and just opposite will spot a humongous building which has risen in the last three-four years. Just besides it lays Calvario with few century old trees and in its run down avatar.  
Referred to as the Chapel of Our Lady of Calvary, Pali Hill, Bandora, today in ruins and dilapidated, orphaned and abandoned, creepers surround its periphery, amidst a concrete forest all around. The shabby and run-down colored window panes enable you to peek into the once resounding haven. The wrecked stained glasses, shimmer in the streak of sun rays that glance past them reflecting a deserted an eerie feel.
From Rome with Love
A statue which stood at the foot of the hill, referred to as Our Lady of Sorrows was shipped by a family kin all the way from Rome. With love from Rome, the statue with its hands stretched ahead and looking towards heaven is one of its kinds.
During the period of Lent, Stations of the Cross would be enacted with everyone ascending to the top, just like they probably did at Mount Calvary around 2000 years ago.  Fourteen crosses dotted the way and were spread across the hill, some of them diagonally opposite and some just few steps ahead of the latter.
The statue now lies at the foot of St. Anne’s Church, Bandra while the fourteen crosses donated to a Church in Dongri also line the hill there leading to Our Lady of Bethlehem Church stations, Dongri. Tombstones once laden with a chronology of family history now probably lay buried beneath a mound of mud and debris. Thankfully those who have been laid to rest in the Chapel, their names and details have been noted.
Reliance Energy who regularly dispatched their electric bills, refer to the place as 37 Calvario Pali Hill Road Bandra W' and not Nargis Dutt Road as it is referred to now.
A plague detailed that, the Chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Mother Of Mount Calvary was founded and endowed in 1890 by the very Rev. Manuel Anthony and Mr. Peter John sons of Gabriel and Joanna Fonseca of Parwar a village known up to 1850. His grace Dom Antonio Pedro da Costa declared it open on 17th September 1890.
The family who owned the holy turf now spread near, far and wide- have lovely memories of the place, just like my grandmother did. I am glad; I did get a chance to visit Calvario in Bandra and was able to capture many images of the place in its current despair.
My thoughts at least for the moment passively rest, an image of different hues sadly today no longer holds true.
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