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The tomb of Begum Samru with her life-size image on it is in the left wing of the church. The statue of the Begum, that was once kept out side the church, was moved into this place and set on the raised three-tiered pedestal. There are fine carved features in the marble. One shows the Begum on an elephant, with her retinue and in the other, the Begum is offering a chalice to the Pope. On the third side stands the tableau of the Begum receiving petitions from her courtiers. While she is surrounded by Indian soldiers in the first one, the second depiction has her surrounded by Europeans. The statues of her son, her Hindu vizier and pastor are set below her statue. As for her son's tomb and that of her husband, they lie at the foot of the central tableau.
It was on December 13, 1961, Pope John XXIII decided to upgrade the Sardhana Church to the status of a Minor Basilica. This recognition is given only to historically important churches. The Golden Jubilee Commemoration took place in 2007 that was attended by a delegation from the Vatican, including the Ambassador.