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.
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.
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.
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