Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rajkot

Coordinates: 22°16′34″N 70°45′29″E / 22.276079°N 70.758101°E / 22.276079; 70.758101
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart of Jesus Syro-Malabar Cathedral
Prem Mandir
Sacred Heart Cathedral is located in Gujarat
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Location of Prem Mandir in Gujarat
22°16′34″N 70°45′29″E / 22.276079°N 70.758101°E / 22.276079; 70.758101
LocationKalawad Road, Rajkot, Gujarat
Founded8 December 2000
Cult(s) presentSacred Heart of Jesus
Functional statusactive
ProvinceArchdiocese of Gandhinagar
DioceseSyro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Rajkot
Bishop(s)José Chittooparambil, CMI

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a cathedral of the Syro-Malabar Catholic rite in Rajkot. It is also known as Prem Mandir, meaning 'temple of love' in Hindi and Gujarati. The cathedral, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is situated near the bishop's house.

The striking aspect of the cathedral is its architecture which predominantly resembles a traditional Indian temple, but in fact blends architectural features of various religions. The cathedral was designed by Ashwinbhai Sanghvi and the glass work was done by Balan. It has domes and a pinnacle, and its arches and granite carvings are inspired by Indian mosques. There is a mosaic of Jesus seated in a meditation pose above a lotus like an Indian holy man. The symbols depicted on the windows and doors are flame, flute and lotus. Each of the church's five domes is engraved with symbols of other religions. An oriental-style cross on a lotus flower stands atop the main dome.[1]


  1. ^ "Rajkot diocese". UCAN News. Retrieved 25 May 2013.