Bengaluru is home to many shrines in back alleys and in poorer areas that have been built by devotees without official church sponsorship. Some are connected to parishes, and are sites for occasional masses. Others are built by families as sites for prayer in front of one or more statues, though they are sometimes called "churches." A number are located immediately next to Hindu shrines, though it is unclear which shrine came first. Located in unexpected places, they are reminders that the divine can be manifest anywhere and everywhere in Indian society. These shrines are active throughout the day, as places that one can stop in briefly during work hours, or in mornings and evenings.
Updated: February 21, 2020 - 11:42am