Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa- Makes You Fall in Love with God

From the St. Cathedral Church, I head towards another famous church. As Goa is famous for its beaches and churches, we planned to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa. A guide, hired earlier, took us inside the church. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It holds the remains of St.Francis Xavier. This church was also located in Old Goa. Thus, it became very easy for us to go there from St.Cathedral. It is one of the oldest churches in Goa. The marbled floor with precious stone was very attractive. The remains of Saint were attracting around 10000 devotees including Christians and Non Christians from all over the world every day.

Church  Interior
Church Interior | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I also heard about the miraculous healing power of the Saint. The church’s interior was simple and it had paintings which depict the life of St. Francis Xavier. The casket is made of silver and contained the Saint’s body. Holy relics are taken down from public viewing on every ten years, during the anniversary of the saint’s death. I saw the BOM Jesus Basilica art gallery also and it is the first largest modern art gallery of its kind, comprising oil paintings of 36 types and 14 ink drawings.

St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The gallery also displayed a number of priceless wooden Christian saint statues. It was the only church of Goa which was not plastered on the outside. The name of the church given as “BOM Jesus” inferring to “Good Jesus” or “Infant Jesus” was dedicated to them. The church was based on cruciform architecture.

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Legend says that the Senate, The Santa Cassa da Misericodia and the Franciscaus were not on parallel thoughts with the Jesuits on the upcoming church in Terreiro dos Gallos. Fearing church domination, they decided to lay legal constraints. However, just a night before the refraining order, two fathers along with a brother turned a local house into a church with the word ‘Jesus’ on its door. The peace and the serenity provided by the church ambience was absent in the busy city life. I want to visit Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa again if I ever get the chance to.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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