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A visit to Gorakhpur will certainly show that while the Hindu culture is predominant here, there are many other religious edifices that thrive side by side. The city has many churches that date back centuries in some cases, and many newer ones that have sprung up to facilitate the Christian faith. There are a number of smaller chapels and shrines through the city. There are some churches, however, that have made Gorakhpur famous, and these are elaborated below.
St Andrew’s Church
Established and run by the Lucknow Diocese of the Church of North India, St. Andrew’s Church has a rich history. Starting originally as a small parsonage in the early 1800s, this church gradually opened its doors to English and Indian services and further on expanded to educational services. Under the aegis of the church, the famous St. Andrews College was established and is run to this day.
Christ Church in Gorakhpur
Christ Church is the oldest of Gorakhpur's churches, dating back to the year 1825 when it was built by private subscription. It is located at a distance of around 3 kilometers from the city railway station in Civil Lines. One of the best features of this church is that the original building has been retained without any renovation, and still bears its initial glory.
St. John’s Church in Gorakhpur
Located at a distance of around 5 kilometers of Gorakhpur City Railway Station, this church especially draws people to it on Sunday when communion is offered, although it is open every day. It has been established under the Lucknow Diocese of the Church of North India.
Masihi Kalisia Church in Gorakhpur
The history of this church dates back to 1938 when it was founded under the fellowship of the free Baptist Churches of North India. It is located around 4 kilomteres away from Gorakhpur City Railway Station, and Good Friday, Easter and Christmas are celebrated here with pomp and splendour.
The Believer’s Church has set up 33 dioceses across the world and the Diocese of Gorakhpur conducts services and offers assistance to the poor and needy. There is a small missionary home in Gorakhpur, which caters to distribution of spiritual and material benefits to those in need.
Union Church in Gorakhpur
Located at about 5 kilometers from Gorakhpur City Railway Station, on Medical College Road, the Union Church opens its doors to people of all faiths. As with all churches Sunday is the special day here when masses are held. The Church can be contacted at (91)-551-2502357. It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
St. Joseph’s Church in Gorakhpur
One of the many churches around the world for those who revere St. Joseph as a saint, the St. Joseph Church in Gorakhpur is essentially under the Gorakhpur Eparchy Diocese. It is a Syro Malabar Catholic Church by rite. This church is located at Civil Lines, and can be contacted at (91)-551-2333451.
St. Antony’s Church in Gorakhpur
Located at Dharmapur, Gita Vatika P.O., St. Antony’s Church is Syro Malabar Catholic Church under the Gorakhpur Diocese. The church authorities can be contacted at (91)-551-2500370. Dating back to 1988, it holds mass every Sunday, when communion is offered.