Location    :   11 km from the eastern outskirts of Bengaluru in Byrathi, near the Seventh mile stone on the Hennur Bagalur road.

By Car       :   Upon arrival in Bangalore, proceed via Davis Road, paezold Road and Lingarajapuram onto the Hennur – Bagalur road to the village of Byrathi. At the seventh mile stone, take the turning to the right at the grotto of Our Lady and follow the signs to the Abbey.

By Bus      :   From City Market, majestic or Shivajinagar bus stands, take bus nos. 293, 293 B,D,E,F. 294, 295 to Byrathi. From Majestic bus stand 295 A. 296 or 296 A to Byrathi.

By Rail      :   From Bengaluru City railway station, take the subway to Majestic B.T.S bus station (opposite) and follow directions “By Bus”, From Bangalore. East railway station, proceed to Lingarajapuram bus stop and take one of the buses mentioned in “By Bus”, or a Taxi or auto from Bangalore Cantonment railway station, take a taxi or auto to the monastery following directions “By Car”.

By Air       :   From Bengaluru Airport, take a taxi to Byrathi.


Shanti Nilayam Abbey


 Founded on 26.07.1970

In 1962, Lady Abbess of St. Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, England was requested by Fr. Benedict Alapatt OSB to undertake the monastic formation of Indian girls, with a view to starting Benedictine contemplative life for women in India. In 1963, seven girls began their novitiate in Ryde.

In 1966, two nuns from St. Cecilia’s Abbey set out for India. A twelve acre site was found in Byrathi Village, seven miles from Bangalore city and, in 1967, the foundation stone of Shanti Nilayam was laid. By 1970 the Indian sisters and returned from England and on July 26th 1970, the new monastery and chapel were blessed by the then Archbishop of Bangalore, Rt. Rev. Lourdusamy. In 1982, Shanti Nilayam became a Priory and in 1993, it was raised to the status of an Abbey.

The activities of the nuns include making altar bread church vestments candles, screen printing, running a poultry / dairy farm a vineyard and doing cultivation of fruits and vegetables. They also run a retreat house.



St. Cecilia’s Abbey
Ryde Isle of Wight, PO33 ILH

                                                                           DOB            DOP                                                                                

Mother Nirmala Narikunnel                               12.07.1952    08.12.1979

(Elected Abbess 10.4.2014)                                                   

1.Mother Teresita D’Silva                                 07.11.1933     02.07.1966

2.Sr.Stella Savarimuthu-Prioress                      15.08.1952     15.08.1978

3.Sr. Bridget Ezhanikkatt-Sub Prioress              11.09.1951     15.08.1978      

4.Sr. Regine George                                        08.09.1943     07.08.1972

*5.Sr.Iona Misquitta                                       22.10.1934     17.10.1955

6.Sr. Amala Rajendran                                    11.05.1954     08.12.1981

7.Sr. Alphonsa Thommaiiagappan                    19.08.1953     07.10.1982

8.Sr. Theresa Vargese                                     12.12.1953     08.09.1985

9.Sr. Jyothi Pushpam                                      01.02.1957     08.09.1985

10.Sr. Elizabeth Payyappilly                             01.07.1962     08.09.1987

11.Sr. Jacintha Toppo                                      26.07.1956     24.03.1990

12.Sr. Maria Pragasi Susai                               12.01.1964     24.03.1990

13.Sr. Lucy Anthony                                       13.12.1964     02.02.1992

14.Sr. Mary Xavier Muthu                                17.09.1946     02.02.1992

15.Sr. Ritha Matthew                                      26.03.1963     01.01.1993

16.Sr. Benedicta Toppo                                   07.01.1969     02.02.1995

17.Sr. Michelle Kerketta                                  09.04.1970     10.02.1996

18.Sr. Felicitas Kullu                                       09.02.1964     10.02.1996

19.Sr. Hermina Purty                                      28.02.1952     21.11.1996

20.Sr. Bernadine Joseph Kadappoor                  20.08.1966     01.11.1998

21.Sr. Ignatia Topno                                       03.11.1967     08.09.2006

22.Sr. Anna Mukta Bading                               10.08.1976     08.09.2006


1.Sr. Gloria Dass                                            28.04.1986     07.10.2008

2.Sr.Severina Nazari                                       09.08.1979     07.10.2008

3.Sr. Magadelene Naguntu                               02.02.1984     02.02.2010

4.Sr. Margurate Lum                                       09.07.1982     22.08.2011

5.Sr. Lucia Za                                                16.03.1984     22.08.2011

6.Sr. Veronica Hau                                          12.02.1985     22.08.2012

7.Sr. Martha Cing                                           23.02.1989     22.08.2012      

8.Sr.Julia Thawng Nei Ting                                                    22.08.2012

9.Sr.Maria Lun                                               17.11.1983     15.08.2013

10.Sr.Angela Vung Boih                                  01.05.1988     15.08.2013


1.Anne Marie                                                 06.10.1993

2.Rosa                                                          09.10.1992



Solemn professed-22, Juniors-9,   Posulants-2, - Candidate -1 Secular Oblates-40



Sr. Bernadette                                                    RIP                 17.05.1993

 Sr. Scholastica                                                   RIP                 23.12.2005

The work of God

The singing of God’s praises by the daily Celebration of the DIVINE OFFICE  or the “Work of God”,  as St.Benedict calls it, is the Benedictine Nun’s great life work.  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the  shining center of the Sacred Liturgy and the monastic day.  The circuit of praise  which seven times a day rises from the monastic choir, is made up of psalms, Scripture readings, readings from  the Fathers, Hymns and prayers, all of which  has been hallowed by centuries of worship in the Church.  The  beauty of the Gregorian Chant, ever ancient and ever new, leads the soul into the infinitely more beautiful silence of God.

The Monastic Day

Interspersed between liturgical services are times for private prayer, study, work and recreation.  The right balance between study and activity, interwoven with the Divine Office, gives the Benedictine life that spaciousness, that tranquil breadth of mind and simplicity so  characteristic of it.  St.Benedict  was noted for discretion.

The Monastic Day includes:

1.Lectio Divina or Sacred Studies, which are means of remaining in contact with the treasures of Revelation and as a continued approach  to Christ.

2.Regular time devoted to private prayer, the silent contemplation of the Divine Presence.

3.Community Recreation , times of relaxation and exercise of fraternal charity.

4.Work is also an important  part of our life, the Monastic Motto being “Ora et Labora” “Pray  and Work”. St.Benedict in the 6th Century recognized the dignity of labour.  He says in his Rule “Then are they  truly monks when they work by the labour  of their own hands”. Like the  primitive Benedictines, we cultivate the soil, grow grain, vegetables and fruits.  We have a poultry farm, a dairy farm, a coffee and coconut grove and a vineyard, vegetable and fruit garden.  We make altar bread, church vestments, greeting cards and Candles.  In the Monastic life, no one is asked to forgo her natural gifts but is encouraged to use them for God’s service.  We also have a  Retreat House.  Hospitality is offered to Religious and laity for individual and group retreats and days of recollection, and for young women who wish to study the monastic life.

Secular Oblates

We have Oblates who are lay people, trying to live a more perfect life in the world, according to the spirit of the Holy Rule of St.Benedict. They  share the riches of our Benedictine Spirituality and  carry into the world the peace of the Benedictine inspiration. November 21st the Feast o the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple is Oblates Day.  Every year our Oblates renew their act of Oblation on this day.  We try to organize a reunion on this day and sometimes a few days of Retreat before Oblates day.  At present we  have 26 Oblates.  Oblates form one family with the Benedictine Community.

Benedictine Contemplative Today

The Benedictine Contemplative life has its own positive contribution to make to the life of the church by the witness of Prayer and Work, promotion of Liturgical worship and the renewal of that authentic Gospel spirit called for by the Second Vatican Council as Perfacte  Caritatis says:’
“Communities which are entirely dedicated to contemplation, so that their members in solitude and silence, with constant prayer and penance, willingly undertaken, occupy themselves with God alone, retain at all times, no matter how pressing the needs of the active apostolate may be, an honourable place in the mystical Body of Christ, whose members do not  all have the same function.  For these offer to God a sacrifice of praise which is outstanding…thus they are revealed to be a glory of the Church and well-spring of heavenly graces”. Benedictine monasticism with its 1500 years of tradition is rooted in the timeless and can offer to every age and culture a fresh application of its basic principles of Worship, Work and Community Life. Today as in the 6th century, St.Benedict’s Holy Rule can radiate its light and point the way to a great Spiritual Revival in India.

Shanti Nilayam, Benedictine Abbey, Kothanur P.O. Bangalore 560077, INDIA

Phone: 080-28465648

E.mail: shantinilayabbey@yahoo.com