St. Mary’s Church, Kotagiri

marys-kotagiri Brief History : The old church at Kotagiri was built in 1867, on a piece of land belonging to Mr. Redmond, in honour of the Nativity of our Lady. It soon became a popular place of pilgrimage where people of all creeds, especially the Badagas pray to the Holy Mother of God under the title of Arokia Matha. In 1937 the church was extended by Fr. Morin. In 1940 a grotto of our Lady of Lourdes was constructed by Fr. Gentinne. Later since it has become a pilgrim center for all the religion and as the number of Catholics was increased Fr. Arockiasamy felt the need of building a new church. This dream came into existence in 3rd September 2004. On this day the present beautiful church was consecrated by Most Rev. Dr. Antony Anandarayar, Arch Bishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

Address : St. Mary’s Church,
Kotagiri – 643 217,
The Nilgiris.
Telephone : 04266 – 2 71549
Established : 1867
Catholics : 4,750
Religious : 1. Order of Friars Minor – Capuchins.
2. Society of Salesians of Don Bosco
3. Order of Discalced Carmelites – OCD
4. Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
5. Missionary Brothers of St. Francis Assisi
6. Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate
7. Cannossian Sisters of Charity
8. Carmelite Sisters of St. Theresa
9. Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
10. Franciscan Servants of the Cross
11. Teaching Sisters of the Holy Cross
12. Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration
13. Regina Pacis Convent
14. Franciscan Sisters of Vierzehnheiligen
15. OMI Fathers
Educational : 1. St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School
2. St. Mary’s High School
3. St. Antony’s Middle School
4. St. Mary’s Home School
5. Nallayan Middle School, Nihung
Technical : Devamatha School of Nursing, Kookalthorai
Social & Charitable : 1. Orphanage for the children of Srilankan Repatriates,Friary
2. Orphanage, Mount Carmel Convent
3. St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Nallayan Convent
4. St. Mary’s Home for Children,Nirmal Sadan
5. Rehabilitation of Blind Students, Windy Ridge
Medical : 1. Holy Family Hospital, Cotherstone
2. Devamatha Health Centre, Kookalthorai

Sub Stations

Havukkal, Kodanad, Marvalla