By Nidhi Gadgil
It wasn't the winters, but the beginning spring. The winds were flowing,
smoothly, touching me face. The roads were not completely filled with the
cabs as they mostly are. Its a cleaner part of Calcutta, the Jawahar
Lal Nehru Road where the Birla Planetarium is located. But here I was not to
see the Planetarium but a building washed in white the famous St.
St. Cathedral Church
Indias first Catholic Church built in
Indo Gothic Style also happens to be the first Stained Glass Church.
St. Paul Cathedral Church or the St. John Church there isn't much
difference between the Churches of Catholists and Protestants (though they
differ in ideologies). This can be very clearly seen in the Churches
throughout India. In this tour of Indian Churches I could see a number of
My journey begins with the roundabout of the famous Churches of Allahbad
City in Uttar Pradesh. The All Saints Cathedral built in the 13th century,
filled with Gothic Style
figures. It is one of the finest Cathedrals
of India. Taking 40 years to be completed, it can seat around 500 people at
a time. What is interesting is the fact that the lower Apse of the Church
his a copied design from the Fatehpur Sikri; a place near
.. Adding to
the beauty of the Church is the stained glass panel adoring massive
interior. It also has the original Burne and Jones creation on its stained
The Stained Glasses used in the Churches have a different story. These
Stained Glasses depict characters and scenes from Bible. It also pictures
the lives of saints from half of the 9th century. The technique used in
making and painting pictures in STAINED GLASSES
originated in Egypt
and Mesopotamia. There is a vivid difference between the common Glass.
Whereas the Common Glass reflects the light which passes through it, the
stained glass instead of drawing or coloring the surface puts the light on
the paintings drawn on it. So when you enter a Church your eyes get glued to
the PAINTINGS and not on the SIDE SURFACED GLASS.
A different class of glass work and design of Church can be seen in Red
Church, Pachmarhi of Madhya Pradesh
. Built in the year 1892, this Church
boasts of French Architecture and Belgium Stained Glasses. It also has
Cemetery developed in the honour of the World War I and II martyrs. There is
also the Black Church nearby which is supposed to be the most beautiful
Church in Madhya Pradesh. The Stained Glass used in this Church were
Imported from Europe. The fact that no pillars have been used in the nave of
the Church makes it more interesting.
The last church I visited was the Church of Kasauli
in Himachal Pradesh.
With figs and grooves of Chestnut it has elobrate stained glass paintings on
the main wall. The paintings in this Church depict Joseph and Mary on Both
sides of Jesus Christ. The glass of this painting was imported from Spain
and Italy. Kasauli is a bit different from other hill stations like
do not have any historical Churches.
The travel story of Churches of India has been magnificent. It raises a
number of questions but all stop at one point faith of human kind.
The outlines, the designs, paintings are come below one common factor
the trust and blindfolded faith one keeps.