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St. Mary's Basilica at Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

Every year in September, Shivajinagar is thronged by people who visit the infamous St. Mary's Basilica. Built during the advent of Catholicism in the Kingdom of Mysore, this church is possibly the largest and most frequented in Bangalore. The birthday of St. Mary is celebrated in the Basilica on September 8.

Between August 28 and September, evening mass is held in the Basilica and a flag is unfurled which remains hoisted for the span of ten days. People are often spotted wearing pale pink clothes, called kaavi in southern languages. This is done in observance of a certain vow taken by the devotees. On the last day, the day of the feast, a grand chariot procession takes place, where the statue of Mary is placed on a pedestal. In other churches, the central statue's clothes are changed every day during this period.

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