I have to admit I am a bit spiritually inclined. A bit, that is. This has got nothing to do with my religion though. Most people are of the opinion that pious people are hardcore extremists and religious fanatics. Whether that is true or otherwise is something I don’t know, but I certainly don’t belong to this category because I visit shrines of all faiths. I visited St. Michael’s Church at Mahim today and it was a great experience, to say the least. The road leading to the church is full of people selling knick-knacks ranging from candles to combs to dresses. It’s a sensory overload as your eyes browse through the various enticing things on display. My mom had to drag me away from the bangle seller who had bangles of colours which, I am sure, does not figure on the standard colour list.
The church was beautiful and clean. It is difficult to maintain decorum and discipline along with a certain level of cleanliness without affecting the sanctity of the shrine. I attended the prayers in Marathi and was pleasantly surprised to see majority Non- Christians around me. It is believed that if you pledge to visit the temple on nine Wednesdays, your wishes are granted. It is this belief that draws so many people to this beautiful and ancient church.
It was a refreshing change for me and the prayers created a resonance which continues to fill my soul with positive thoughts. Hope this is an everlasting effect because I have a gut feeling that dark and difficult times lie ahead.