Church of the Lord Jesus
Originally a “Scottish Presbyterian Church” which became a “Jesuit Church” in 1969 is catholic shrine known as Church of the Lord Jesus. Locally referred to as “Prabhu Jisur Girja” this church is located in Kolkata in an area called “Taltala”. According to history this church in 1969 was handed over to the Jesuit fathers who then named it “Church of the Lord Jesus”. Furthermore, in the year 2005 it was officially made a parish of the “Archdiocese of Kolkata”. Additionally, prayer services at this church are mainly conducted in the Bengali language.
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a. Best time to visit the Church of the Lord Jesus
The ideal time to travel to this beautiful church is in between October to March when the climate in the “City of Joy” i.e. Kolkata is usually very pleasant with, the temperature ranging a maximum of about 11 degrees Celsius to a minimum of about 9 Celsius degrees.
b. How to reach Church of the Lord Jesus
Church of the Lord Jesus Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this church is located in Howrah in Kolkata. The Howrah Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this church then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There is one route from Bhubaneshwar to this church, and it is via NH16.
- Via Cuttack:
There is one route from Cuttack to this church, and it is via NH16.
- Via Puri:
There is one route from Puri to this church, and it is via NH16.
- Via Patna:
There is one route from Patna to this church, and it is via NH19.
- Via Kolkata:
There are two routes from Kolkata to this church, and it is via Sashi Bhushan Dey St and via SN Banerjee Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this church is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Church of the Lord Jesus
At the beginning of the 19th century a Presbyterian Scottish Missionary by the name of Alexander Duff arrived in Kolkata (then Calcutta) and founded the General’s Assembly Institution. Now it was in the year 1843 that the “Church of Scotland” was divided as a result the effects was directly seen in India with the Presbyterian splitting up into two groups and eventually forming a group that came to be known as “Free Church of Scotland”. It was this “Free Church” group that then constructed a church in Kolkata at the Wellesley Street. It was then in 1969 that this church built on the Wellesley Street was transferred to Jesuit priests who then gave it a Bengali name “Prabhu Jisur Girja” which when literally translated means “Church of the Lord Jesus”. Furthermore, in 2005 this church was officially made a parish belonging to the “Archdiocese of Kolkata”.