We decided to wake up leisurely for the next day of our Vijayawada trip. After we woke up, we all enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast cooked by me and then headed towards the Gunadala Mary Matha Church Vijayawada. We had heard fellow travellers talking about the fact that the church is very crowded and one has to stand in queues at the time of mass proceeding. Hence we reached the place well in time to offer our prayers to Mother Mary.
The church is famous for the annual Mary Matha fest that takes place in the church situated at the Gunadala hill. The fest takes place in the month of February for at least 3 days. During this festival the church witnesses thousands of devotees that visit the church to seek blessings of the deity. The place has also acquired additional lustre with the illuminated sprawl decorated with colour lights and embellishments. This is followed by Kolatam a procession that involves songs from the Holy Scriptures and ballad that is based on Biblical stories follows suite. The church is famous to host a place of faith and hence attracts devotees from all faiths and religions throughout the year. People hailing from far flung areas swarm this place of worship to fulfil their vows. They also offer their prayers in the form of coconuts and seek Mother Mary’s blessings. After prayer the faithful head towards the statue present at the cavern.
Gunadala Mary Matha Church Vijayawada is therefore a prime spot or faith. After offering our prayers we shopped in the nearby markets and spoke to the local merchants about the famous eatables offered by the city which we could pack and take back home.
Our next destination of visit was the nearby Victoria museum. There we explored city’s history in detail and also got acquainted with the city’ ancient culture. We also visited the Nearby Isckon temple on recommendation from the museum officials. The entire trip the day was spent assimilating as much as we could from the city of Vijayawada. Our next and the final stop as per the itinerary was the Kondapalli Fort Vijayawada which was waiting for us to explore its history.