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The Hudson Memorial Church, established in 1904 is in
the prime area of the city of Bangalore in Hodson Circle near
the Office of the Bangalore Corporation and Cubbon Park. Named after Rev. Josiah Hudson, a missionary (not to be confused with Thomas Hodson), Canarese scholar and educationist who founded many Canarese schools in the Bangalore Petah, this church is a famous landmark here, catering to a large Christian community. This church like other churches in Bangalore is steeped in history. Earlier, the church was known as the Wesleyan Mission Canarese Chapel, and was located in Ganikara Street, Nagarathpet. Only in 1904, the church moved over to the present location.
During the reign of of Tipu Sultan of Mysore, the large Christian community was in serious trouble and many churches in Mysore region either became non-functional or were damaged because Tipu was under the wrong impression that the Christians were supporting the British rulers whom he despised very much.So, the Christians faced tough time. Christianity was resurrected in this region after the fall of Tipu in 1798 at Srirangapatnam where the Tipu's forces were defeated by the British forces led by Lord Wellesley (4th Angelo-Mysore war).
|Wesleyan Wayside Canarese Chapel at the Bangalore Petah (1856) Wikipedia|
|New Canarese Wesleyan Chapel, Bangalore (January 1860. en.wikipedia.org|
This historical church, a stone building having no intervening pillars, was designed by J M Stephen, following Gothic architectural style that adds grandeur and beauty to this structure. Stephen himself donated the circular colored glasses over the door and the amazing wood works - the communion table, pulpit, reading desk chairs, etc were made in Karur in Tamil Nadu. The altar is designed in particular fashion that it can be seen anywhere inside the church. The striking feature inside the church is a big mural of 9.7m x 14.5m, depicting the nativity scene in Jerusalem.
This 113 year old (considering its present location and structure) underwent major restoration work in 2000. Often referred to as a Kannada church, the Hudson Memorial Church in Bangalore lived through eventful days and challenging time from its very inception in 1849 to 1859 (at Gaanigarapet) and then on to 1904 where the present church (Nagarethpet) was built. The church saw the days of East India company rule and then under the British crown till India's independence.