INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE= MOHINIATTAM

INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE= MOHINIATTAM

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE BASILICA OF BOM JESUS, GOA, INDIA

RECENTLY I WAS IN GOA FOR A HOLIDAY AND I VISITED THE BASILICA OF BOM JESUS. 

The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule. 'Bom Jesus' (literally, 'Good (or Holy) Jesus') is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the countries of Portuguese colonization. The Jesuit church is India’s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

Construction work on the church began in 1594 and the church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. This world heritage monument has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier, a very close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus, the (Jesuits). Francis Xavier died on Sancian Island while en route to continental China on (December 2, 1552). The body of Francis Xavier was first taken to Portuguese Malacca and two years later shipped back to Goa. It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The remains of the saint attract a huge number of devotees (Christian and non-Christian alike) from all over the world. The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is more than 400 years old and is open to the public everyday. The body of St. Francis Xavier is kept in a well-decorated silver casket and displayed every ten years during the anniversary of the saint's death. His liturgical feast is the third of December. The exposition will take take place this year on third December.

IN THE HEADER PHOTO I AM STANDING IN FRONT OF THE BASILICA OF BOM JESUS WITH AN UMBRELLA IN MY HAND. IT WAS RAINY DAY .

THE PHOTO BELOW SHOWS THE DECORATED SILVER CASKET IN WHICH THE UNCORRUPTED BODY OF ST.FRANCIS XAVIER IS KEPT ON A HIGH PEDESTAL.
THE WOODEN STATUE OF  CRUCIFIED JESUS INSIDE THE CHURCH
A VIEW FROM THE VERANDA OF BOM JESUS BASILICA
THE BELL TOWER OF BOM JESUS BASILICA
DO YOU HAVE A CHURCH OF THIS GRANDIOSE  STYLE AND HOLINESS IN YOUR PLACE. IF SO, I WOULD LIKE KNOW. BEST WISHES


Sunday, November 16, 2014

INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE= MOHINIATTAM

I enjoyed watching Indian Classical dance, MOHINIATTAM. Here are some photos. Enjoy

Sunday, September 15, 2013

ONAM CELEBRATIONS IN KERALA

ONAM FESTIVAL HAS COME AGAIN. KERALITES ARE SPENDING HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN BUY CLOTHES,DECORATING THEIR HOUSES WITH POOKALAM, BUYING TV'S,FRIDES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC GOODS. THERE ARE COLORFUL PROCESSIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE. HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE. ENJOY
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A VISIT TO BOLGHATY ISLAND HOTEL

Recently I was at the Bolghaty Island Palace hotel run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. Earlier this hotel could be approached only by boat. Now a road over bridge has been built from mainland Kochi and therefore it can be reached by road also. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. Best wishes.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

WISH YOU ALL, MY DEAR FRIENDS, AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILIES A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A FANTASTIC NEW YEAR.

Friday, October 26, 2012

I ATTENTDED A WEDDING

I ATTENDED THE WEDDING OF MY NIECE, JULIE, MY BROTHER'S DAUGHTER, AT THE CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY . HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FOR YOUR VISUAL PLEASURE. BEST WISHES.
THE GUESTS ARE BEING WELCOMED WITH TRADITIONAL MUSIC.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM WAITING AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY. ]WITH RELATIVES.

THE MAIN CELEBRANT OF THE HOLY MASS BLESSING THE COUPLE AND WELCOMING THEM INTO THE CHURCH.
THE COUPLE WALKING INSIDE THE CHURCH
YOU CAN SEE ME STANDING INSIDE THE CHURCH
THE BRIDE TAKING THE MARITAL WOWS.
THE GROOM TYING THE TRADITIONAL THALI- THREE KNOTS.
THE MASS WAS JOINTLY CELEBRATED BY FIVE PRIESTS.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

FIVE COLORS

I WAS ASKED BY MY FRIENDS P.N.SUBRAMANIAN FROM MALHAR AND MITR FRIEND FROM MY TRAVELOGUE TO MAKE OUT A POST WITH FIVE COLORS SUCH AS RED,GREEN,BLUE,YELLOW AND WHITE. I HOPE YOU WILL LIKE THESE PHOTOS. BEST WISHES. YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THEM BY CLICKING ON THEIR NAMES.

THE COLOR WHITE = THESE ARE WHITE FLOWERS SOLD ON THE ROAD SIDE AND USED TO MAKE GARLANDS.
THE COLOR BLUE - THE BLUE BACK WATER WITH KOCHI TOWN IN THE BACKGROUND.
THE COLOR YELLOW = THE MAN'S FACE IS PAINTED YELLOW AND HE IS GOING TO TAKE PART IN ATHAM PROCESSION.
 THE COLOR GREEN = THESE ARE GREEN CHILLIES FOUND IN AN EXHIBITION STALL WHERE THEY ARE USED TO MAKE FRIED SNACKS.
THE COLOR RED = THIS IS A LIGHT ABOVE JESUS'S PHOTO IN MY HOUSE.