St. Mary's Basilica is placed within the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian nation of Karnataka. It is among the oldest churches in Bangalore and the primary church in the country that has been increased to the repute of a minor basilica. It is well-known for festivities held all through the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September each year, attracting devotees from the entire location of Bangalore. St. Mary's Basilica had a humble starting as a thatched hut inside the 17th century, built through Tamil Christian migrants from Gingee.
The Shrine become then known as 'Chapel of Kanikkai Madha' and turned into positioned in their village where rice was grown. The rice grown in the village had a awesome white coloration, and for this reason the agreement got here to referred to as Bili Akki Palli or colloquially called ‘‘Blackpally’’. However, according to distinguished historian S K Aruni, Blackpally could have been named after John Blakiston, who designed the layout of the Bangalore Cantonment.