Mumbai, Sept. 15 -- The Bandra Fair, a week-long festival to celebrate the birth of Mother Mary, was cancelled for the second year in a row. The annual fest, believed to be at least 350 years old, draws crowds from across the country, to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount. This year, the Novena fell between September 3 and 11. The fair would have coincided with the Feast and Octave (September 12 to 19). "We are holding masses online, which are relayed on our social media channels. We see many devotees stop outside the church gate and offer prayers," said rector Bishop John Rodrigues.

Every year pilgrims flock to offer prayers for the sick and the aged at the church that was built in 1904. Stalls are set up by locals along the steps of t...