Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Ponducherry is a historic chruch located in Puducherry city. The verses "sanctificavi locum istum, ut sit nomen meum ibi" welcomes the visitors as they take their first step inside. Situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a quintessential specimen of Gothic architecture and Podicherry history. It is only 2. 5 kms from the Pondicherry bus station.
This hundred year old, ancient edifice is 50 metres long, 48 metres wide and 18 metres high. It is supported by 24 main columns. The Latin engraving in the entrance means "I have consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there forever. " Inside the church there are glass paintings of 28 saints who were related to the devotion of Sacred Heart of Jesus. A statue of Madonna is placed on the right side of the high alter. There are statues of the four evangelists, beneath which there are four lamp posts describing their lives and the inviting Jesus and the twelve apostles.
Christmas is celebrated in a grand manner at the Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Ponducherry. Illuminated by a thousand candles, one will surely enjoy the holy dig on the holiday. The church also witnesses huge gatherings on New Year and Easter. The Tamil mass held on Sundays is another special attraction here. Today, many devout Christians, use the Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Ponducherry as their pilgrimage.
Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Ponducherry is usually open during timings 6:00 AM - 10. 30 PM. The Mass timings are Monday to Saturday at 5. 30am, 12. 30pm and 6pm. Graced with the stained glass and the carvings of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus stands tall as a symbol of the aesthetic and the religious. Flooded with lights from the chandeliers, the place has its own charm.