St. Mary's Basilica is located inside the Archdiocese of Bangalore within the Indian kingdom of Karnataka. It is a number of the oldest church buildings in Bangalore and the first church inside the kingdom that has been multiplied to the fame of a minor basilica. It is well-known for festivities held at some stage in the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September every year, attracting devotees from the whole area of Bangalore. St. Mary's Basilica had a humble starting as a thatched hut within the 17th century, constructed through Tamil Christian migrants from Gingee.
The Shrine changed into then referred to as 'Chapel of Kanikkai Madha' and become located in their village in which rice became grown. The rice grown in the village had a distinct white color, and consequently the agreement came to referred to as Bili Akki Palli or colloquially referred to as ‘‘Blackpally’’ now referred to as Shivajinagar. However, consistent with prominent historian S K Aruni, Blackpally could have been named after John Blakiston, who designed the format of the Bangalore Cantonment.