The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located in the village of Panaji in the state of Goa, India. The church holds daily Mass in English, Konkani, and Portuguese. The church was built in 1541 as a chapel firstly in colonial Portuguese Baroque style, on a hillside overlooking the city of Panjim.
As Portuguese Goa’s religious expansion is replaced by a larger church in the 1600s.the bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace in the once reputed city of Old Goa and its located here. This is the second bell in Goa while the first largest golden bell is located in Sé Cathedral in Old Goa.
On December 8th, the church celebrates the feast of the Holy Convention with great fervor and zeal. The celebration begins with Our Lady’s nine-day novena.
The church is decorated with an illusion of lights and the valedictorian ceiling is adorned with blue and white flowers that reflect the color scheme of the church.
After the festive mass, people parade with brass bands, Then the candle seller wants to sell their wares to the believable wishing of making offerings to Our Lady to ask for her intercession. Fireworks are sometimes polluted when the band continues to play festive Mandos and fados.
The central building has two tower-ets between which Belfry emerges. it’s also known as the ‘crown’ of Panjim. There is a famous Augustinian bell installed in the Bell Tower or Belfry, which is now known as the second-largest bell of its kind in all of Goa. Pride of Portuguese Baroque style architecture, the exterior facade of the church is painted extremely bright white, and it represents the Virgin Mary.
The interior of the church is supposed to be colorful but it is not expensive compared to other big churches. The main altar is lined on both sides by two other altars, and it’s dedicated to Mother Mary, the left of which is dedicated to Jesus’ Crucifixion and the right to the Lady of Rosary