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Christians, Hindus celebrate feast of Our Lady of Milagres

Devotees offer candles, oil, money, anatomy in wax or even sarees to the ‘saibinn’ with an intention that their favours will be granted.

 
Mapusa: 

Considered as the epitome of Hindu-Catholic unity, the feast of Our Lady of Milagres (Miracles) was celebrated on April 16 at St Jerome’s Church in Mapusa in North Goa.

Hindus consider Our Lady – colloquially known as Milagres Saibinn – as one of the sisters of the Hindu deities ‘Lairai’ in Shirgao and ‘Kelbai’ of Mulgao. Folklore states that Our Lady of Miracles was one of seven sisters who converted to the Catholic faith.

Thousands of Christians and Hindus thronged to Mapusa on Monday for the feast held a few days before the Shirgao zatra. Masses were celebrated inside a pandal outside the church.

Director of spiritual renewal Centre, Old Goa, Fr Henry Falcao was the main celebrant at the feast mass along with the other priests. Falcao spoke about communal harmony and urged the faithful to treat people from other religions equally in his homily.

“We need to rise against differences of caste, creed, religion and this can be possible if we keep our gaze above and see eternity,” Falcao said.

Devotees offer candles, oil, money, anatomy in wax or even sarees to the ‘saibinn’ with an intention that their favours will be granted.

The fair at the feast, which will be on for the next few weeks, is also a major attraction, and the stalls sell a variety of knick-knacks, eatables and household items including crockery and furniture. Many people buy antique furniture and vintage kitchen equipment here.

Source: Times of India

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