There are indeed few popular and beautiful churches in Udaipur, that being devotional place for local Christians are also as much tourist attractions. Some churches are in fact also wonderful for sightseeing and hence do draw considerable number of tourists on daily basis. And of course one can, irrespective of their religious identity, also seek spiritual solace under devotional shelter of these churches.
Shepherd Memorial Church, more popularly known as Church of North India today, this is the oldest church of Udaipur. Its construction was completed way back in year 1877. Since this Protestant church was constructed during British regime, it is today the only church of Udaipur that bears the influence of British style architecture. In fact the classic British style feeling to this church makes one feel very nostalgic and is also indeed very pleasing to eyes.
The church also has interesting local history. Its original name of Shepherd Memorial Church was named after local British doctor Dr. James Shepherd. Because Dr. Shepherd’s medical skills and personal qualities found favor with the royal house hold and some British engineers helped in the construction of lake Fateh Sagar it is said that the land of church have been gifted by the Maharana of Udaipur to Dr. James Shepherd.
Then, India was under the British rule which also helped church to develop and gained popularity among the Christians of the time.
Construction of church is highly influenced with British style of architecture. Old stones used in building and high pointed pillars make it look like churches in Rome and its small windows explain in detail the story and period of the construction of church. Around 300 people can pray together in this church.
Church of North India or Shepherd Memorial is a protestant and an independent church. In its earlier days prayers were conducted by Dr. James Shepherd only, which changed gradually and these days’ prayers are being conducted by Rev. Emmanuel Damor.
The church follows the diocese of Ajmer which again follows government norms for appointing Pastor for the church.
Shepherd Memorial Church also known as Church of North India is located near Chetak Circle, Udaipur.