Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Visit To Loudres.

 We know, the festival of the 'Assumption' of Virgin Mary is celebrated every year during this period of the year in many countries. It is celebrated in India too, and we have a few famous churches where it is celebrated with pomp.

The Velankanni Basilica in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu stands on the Coromandel coast of the Bay Of Bengal and is popularly known as the 'Lourdes' of The East. It attracts millions of devotees all through the year from different parts of the globe.

Mount Mary church located in Bandra in Mumbai/Bombay celebrates the feast on the first Sunday after 8th of September the birth day of Virgin Mary. The feast is followed by a week long celebration known locally as Bandra Fair. Thousands of people visit the Shrine during the festival and I too have fond memories of visiting the church and lighting candles.

I take the opportunity to present my trip to Lourdes (France) a few years ago. My visit to Lourdes was a once in a life time experience. I feel I am blessed to have felt the air of the place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared on eighteen occasions to the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous.

My husband was part of a delegation to the Airbus company(Toulouse) and I accompanied him on the French tour which was a memorable one.

Lourdes situated on the foot hills of  the Mt Pyrenees is a scenic Pyrenen town filled with beautiful churches, rivers, streams, fountains and trees.

The drive from Toulouse to Lourdes was awesome and I was thrilled to see the snow covered peaks of Mt. Pyrenees. I remembered reading about these mountains in school Geography lessons  and to see them for real was very exciting.

Lourdes - The Virgin Mary's own town and the universal capital of faith and prayers.

Mt Pyrenees as a back drop.

                                          Me and other guests with a host from Airbus company
Vellankanni church in Nagapattinum
Mount Mary Basilica at Mumbai
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1 comment:

  1. We have the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. I visit it several times a year. In fact there's a constant pilgrimage to it and yesterday, as I prayed the Rosary with it, the 5th mystery was recited in Tamil Language... It reinforces my Faith to see so many people from all over the world in constant pilgrimage to Fátima.
    You look beautiful in your pictures. Faith, Hope and Love puts a special glow in our faces, doesn't it?