Be amazed in Pondicherry! About 9 km from Pondicherry city center, Villianur has an interesting place called the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. This Roman Catholic Church in Pondicherry is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and is counted among the most revered temples in the city. In 1876 Rev. was Built by the French. At Thurber, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes drew influence from the Basilica of France. The statue of Our Lady installed in the church was imported from Lourdes at the behest of Bernadette. The statue was placed in the churchyard in 1887 and was named after Pope Leo XIII. Apart from the temple, the main feature of this cathedral is the church tank, which is seen in most Hindu temples. The purpose of setting up this tank is still unknown; Whether it was built out of necessity or for some other reason, no one knows. However, during festivals honoring Madonna, many devotees are seen bathing as a long-standing ritual. In the month of June, the festival is celebrated. This holy pond is located near the church, just before the cathedral. It is said that the pond was once used for irrigation of the surrounding land, and it was rev. was built by the French. Right in the center of this pond is the idol of the Holy Mother which is one of the main features of this popular Christian temple in Pondicherry. In fact, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is the only cathedral in all of Asia that has a holy pond on its premises. A holy dip in this holy pond is believed to bring good fortune to a person’s life as well as cure his ailments.