Basilica of Bom Jesus, photographs by Mark Ulyseas
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is located in Goa. It was consecrated in 1605 CE. It houses the holy relics of St. Francis Xavier. Goans believe that the Saint protects Goa. Thousands of non-Christians along with Christians of different denominations visit the basilica to pay homage. Every year on 3rd December the Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated on a gigantic scale. It is believed that if one visits this sacred place and prays for help genuinely with an open heart the answer is communicated to the person as one leaves the church. But the person must keep an open mind and meditate without distraction.
I have visited this place many times and have always left with a sense of indescribable ‘fulfilment’.
Whenever you are travelling to India make an effort to visit the basilica. You will be blessed.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
Ulyseas has served time in advertising as copywriter and creative director selling people things they didn’t need, a ghost writer for some years, columnist of a newspaper, a freelance journalist and photographer. In 2009 he created Live Encounters Magazine, in Bali, Indonesia. It is a not for profit (adfree) free online magazine featuring leading academics, writers, poets, activists of all hues etc. from around the world. Live Encounters Poetry & Writing was launched in March 2017.
His is author of three books – RAINY: My Friend & Philosopher, Seductive Avatars of Maya: Anthology of Dystopian Lives, and, In Gethsemane: Transcripts of a Journey. http://www.amazon.com
© Mark Ulyseas