St. Xavier's Church, Gokunte

St. Xavier’s Church, Gokunte is one of the oldest catholic presences in the Kolar District. The parish was entrusted to MSFS in 1977. Fr. Joseph Panjackil was the pioneer in the mission. Out of 368 villages belonging to Mulbagal taluk, Gokunte is the only catholic village. There are 125 catholic families in the village. Fr. James Thomas was instrumental in completing Rakshana Giri Bette (a pilgrimage centre) and lots of pilgrims arrive here on first Fridays. Besides the regular parish the centre also has a home for children and several other developmental activities. Marianpet is the substation of Gokunte.