|St.John's wilderness Mcleodganj Flickr|
|St.John's wilderness Mcleodganj.easyvivek.wordpress.com|
This and other surrounding places experienced a powerful earthquake in 1905 called Kangra earthquake, and considering the enormity of damages and casualty that was about 19800 people, amazingly the church withstood the tremors and after-shock waves. The church was left untouched in the quake except the bell tower which was destroyed.
Built in 1852 AD, the Church is made of locally available stone and the style of design is European - Gothic. The interior and exterior walls of the church are characteristic of exposed stones with neatly placed Belgian stained glass windows that enhance the beauty and glory of this church in an isolated mountainous place. The tourists who have been to this church are fascinated by these old uniquely styled stained-glass windows - a legacy of the British. An interesting fact that emerges from this church is it was in this graveyard "Lord Elgin' was buried
after his death. These stained-glass windows were donated by Lady Elgin - Mary Louisa Lambton since the church graveyard became the final resting place of her beloved husband far away from his home in England.
|St.John's wilderness Mcleodganj Tripoto|
|Stained glasses donated by Mrs. Elgin.TripAdvisor|
|Stained glasses donated by Mrs. Elgin.rpranavbhasin.com|
the destruction of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, a treasure house of architectural wonder with immeasurable collections of artworks and historic antiques, thus inflicting invaluable loss of cultural heritage In 1861 he became the Governor general and Viceroy and within less than two years after his arrival in India he died on 20 November 1863 of a heart attack while crossing a swinging rope and wood bridge over the river Chadly, the lap between Kullu and Lahul near Dharamshala and the long strenuous journey was too much for his age. The walking path in the church compound has the symbol of a Cross. It is artistically made of colored stones that give extra attraction and is noticeable in four to five places along the path.
|Grave of lord Elgin. en.wikipedia.org/|
The church is open only on Sundays for Services that are held in English - 10 am and Hindi - 11 am. Monday through Saturday the church is closed. As this church happens to be a monument of historical value recognized by the Indian government, the government itself has provided round the clock security to keep the trespassers and anti-social elements away from the Church. It comes under the Church of North India.
The colonial church of St John’s in the Wilderness, McLeod Ganj is a fascinating English heritage site that reminds the Indians of their perpetual link with the British who once ruled this ancient land of different castes, color, creed and religions. The visitors to this wonderful church can not set aside its relevance to the present time.