Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Paud Church

I have noticed this church by the road every time I go to Mulshi. Nestled in the Pirangut valley, surrounded by the Sahyadri hills, this stone built church has an air of mystery about it. The looming monsoon clouds and the beautiful hills behind it only added to its beauty.



This church is named Paud Church, after the village it is adjacent to. I had entered the church compound once long ago when I was here with Everyman but it was a Saturday and this place was closed. I came to know from a passer by that they have service every Sunday, but I was somehow never there at the right time.

Finally, a couple of Sundays ago, we were going by this church and we decided to stop. This time I was with family and friends. We walked into the church compound admiring the building, wondering how old the walls were, when the pastor came in right behind us to open the doors. He told us that service was about to begin and we realised that we were in luck! We decided we will attend at least attend a part of the service before going ahead on our journey to Mulshi.

The pastor told us that this church was built by the British in 1912 and had seen better days. Now there are only about five Christian families left in the village. They just manage to keep the place going as they do not have a lot of funds.

This church has an old world charm that is hard to find. The first time I saw it, I had thought it may have been abandoned. But inside these dark walls, every week, the place comes alive with the voices of singing, led by the baritone voice of the friendly pastor.

14 comments:

lillian said...

Amazing... seems like the church has a story to tell.. very beautiful and thought provoking.. a gaze at d pic and your lost in thoughts!

White Magpie said...

Lovely. The pic and the feel you gave to it.

claytonia vices said...

Thanks Lillian and Magpie! :)

ashwin said...

hey cvs...what a nice picture...it reminds me of the movie Sleepy Hollow :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, We live just around the corner from this church and were interested in your article. You ommitted to say the time of the service or who the paster was. We have also had the same problems with the timing!

claytonia vices said...

Nice to know you live just round the corner, Anonymous! If you see my blog, I usually avoid mentioning names without permission, and also avoid posting portraits of people without permission. I haven't thought much about the practicality of this or if it really is a good practice.

The service started at 10:30am. :)

Dinanath said...

Nice to see this website. Why not give an email address or address of the pastor to whom donations can be sent for maintenance and renovation of this church as needed.

Dinanath said...

Nice to read about Paud Church. Why not give an address or email address for contact? Donations can be sought for maintenance and renovation when needed.

indicaspecies said...

Such a small church, but so quaint!
I recall seeing a small church of the British times in Mahabaleshwar.

Dinanath has a good suggestion....how noble!

Benny Yanthan said...

This is a really good picture.

Arunima said...

very nice picture. Looks like one of those in the movies.

and interesting story about the church

Rahel said...

Hi....i am the grand daughter of the priest who served here many decades back...His name was Reverend Dharmaji Kale...this church celebrated its 99th aniversary this year...

claytonia vices said...

Thanks a lot for visiting, Rahel! I wish to come to that church again. I would love to shoot that place again, maybe to commemorate its 100yrs. Do you visit this place often?

Rahel said...

hi,

I visit the church once or twice a year.Would definitely let you know if i visit in the near future.The sunday service is at 10am and if you want you too can attend it.