The Cross still shines in India

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Christianity was brought to India by St Thomas (Doubting Thomas) somewhere in 50AD. Later in the sixteenth century another saint, Saint Francis Xavier spread the word of Christ in India. Saint Francis’ body is still preserved in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa.

Here a cross shines at night in the metropolitan city of Bengaluru in Southern India on top of one of the many churches of the city.

Mind Your Shoes!!

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Mind Your Shoes!! In India devotees usually take off their shoes, considering them dirty, before entering temples. Therefore this warning outside Mount Mary Church in Mumbai. “Please do not leave your footwear at the church door.They might go missing.”

East Parade Church, Bengaluru

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Bengaluru has many churches a relic of the British Raj as a part of the former East India Company and the Madras Presidency. This beautiful church is on busy MG Road (Mahatama Gandhi Road). It lies east of the Madras Engineer Group regiment parade ground and thus the name. The church is more than 150 years old and was a Weslyan Mission Chapel for the Madras Army.–https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Army

 

Candy Man; St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore

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Cotton Candy Man outside St. Philomena’s Church in Mysore on a Sunday.

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The great thing about this Church is that it was built by the Hindu Maharajah of Mysore for his Christian subjects. Religious tolerance is one of the greatest features of the Wodeyar ruling family. This dynasty has been ruling in this region for the last six hundred years except for a brief period of nearly thirty years when Muslim Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan reigned and persecuted Hindus.

Although the Kings are not recognized by the Government of India, the people revere and adore their King.