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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Basilica of Bom Jesus - Goa India




Old Goa, built in 1605, and now declared a World Heritage Monument. The church houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa, who died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2,1552. The following year, while transferring his remains to Goa, in accordance with his wishes, it was found that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout of all lands and an Exposition or public viewing of his body every ten years attracts lakhs of pilgrims. During the 450 years of Portuguese rule in Goa, St. Francis Xavier was believed to have afforded protection to the rulers who handed over their symbols of office to the saint during every changeover of the office of Governor General. The Saint had miraculous healing powers, which were experienced by the erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad when he came for the Exposition of 1878.


2 comments:

Warren said...

For those who didn't know, a LAKH means 100,000. It's Hindi. You often see it transliterated into English text, in currency, and population figures.

They wouldn't say "a million rupees" in India, they'd say, "ten lakh" rupees.

And this concludes the Multi-Cultural Awareness Lesson for today.

Warren

Smiley said...

Thank you Warren