Testimonies

A Gift of Love

It is a common belief among pilgrims to Bandel Basilica that Mary gives the gift of a child to childless couples who have recourse to her. One lady narrated a story: “ was on a city bus plying from Bandel Station to the Shrine. I soon exchanged a few words with a lady sitting beside me. She was holding a bouquet of flowers in her hands, I asked her where she would get down. “At Bandel Church,” she said. Then she went on telling why she was going there: “Every year on this day I go to thank Mary for

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The Rosary in Families

A Hindu Brahmin, a friend of Our Lady of  Bandel, recently came to the Shrine to pray, with the intention of purchasing the best rosary-beads at the souvenir Center. Meeting one of the fathers at the Basilica, he said that five times before he had purchased Rosaries made of beautifully cut crystal pieces, as they are manufactured at Loreto in Italy. He intended to donate the Rosary to a niece who would soon get married at Calcutta. He went on explaining the efficacy of Mary’s protection had been proved in five families to whom he had offered the gift of

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Answered Prayers

In the year 1971, probably on March 25th, a family composed of the parents, son and daughter, came to Bandel on pilgrimage, from Asansol,  West Bengal. They all ascended the steps to the Balcony and knelt in prayer before the Statue of Our Lady of Happy Voyage. The father of the family was physically disabled, and unable to kneel, he was standing by. The wife and the children were praying for his recovery, with faith and hope, though so many years he had passed in this pitiful condition. With Mary, time is not taken into account. Suddenly the girl staring

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Rescue at Sea

On June 1, 1995, a  group of three people set out to Gorai Beach, Mumbai. At 11:30 am,  we floated on the sea waters 500 yards from the shore on 3 tyre tubes tied together. We did not perceive that the waves had drifted us quite far into the sea. At 1:00 pm, we realized that not one of us was able to touch the sand with the feet. We became panicky, desperately trying to turn the course back to the shore. Instead, we were drifting farther into the high seas. At a distance of 2 k.m. away from the

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