Komarock Shrine History

Komarock Shrine, also known as the Our Lady of Lourdes Komarock Shrine. Is a religious site located in the Komarock area near Machakos town in the Machakos County of Kenya. It is a well-known pilgrimage site for Christians, especially Catholics, who visit the shrine seeking miracles, healing, and spiritual blessings.

Komarock Shrine
Komarock Shrine

A group of Catholic lay faithful established the Komarock Shrine in the early 1990s, modeling it after the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in France where it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. The group was inspired by the story of Bernadette Soubirous and dedicated the shrine to the Virgin Mary.

The shrine attracts thousands of pilgrims every year, especially during the annual pilgrimage that takes place on February 11th, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The pilgrims come from different parts of Kenya and other neighboring countries, and they participate in prayer, Eucharistic celebrations, confession, and other devotional practices.

The Komarock Shrine has become renowned for the reported miracles and healing that have occurred there, and there are several testimonies of people who have experienced physical and spiritual healing after visiting the shrine. The shrine has also been instrumental in promoting social and economic development in the surrounding area, as it has led to the construction of roads, schools, and other infrastructure that has improved the quality of life for the local community.


To get to the Komarock Shrine, you can follow these directions:

  1. If you are coming from Nairobi, take the Mombasa Road and drive for approximately 22 kilometers until you reach the junction for the Eastern Bypass.
  2. Turn right onto the Eastern Bypass and drive for approximately 7 kilometers until you reach the Kangundo Road junction.
  3. Turn left onto Kangundo Road and drive for approximately 12 kilometers until you reach Komarock area.
  4. Once you are in Komarock area, look for the signposts directing you to the Komarock Shrine.
  5. The shrine is located off the main road, so you will need to take a turn to your left to get to the shrine.
  6. You can also use online maps or GPS to locate the shrine, and there is ample parking available once you arrive.

Note: It is always advisable to check the latest travel advisories and guidelines before embarking on any journey.