Report and pics from Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (SP)
Mumbai, Oct 10: The crucifix of Lord Jesus', located in front of Das Palace Hotel near Chakala Cigarette Factory in Andheri (East) here, is attracting huge crowds now. The crucifix, which is said to have been more than a century old, was re-made two years back, in modern style. This spot, which is famous with the name 'Chakala Cross, worshipped on a daily basis, has shot up to fame, after it was found that water has been trickling down the feet of the crucifix.
One of the devotees from the congregation that had gathered at the site to worship the idol on Thursday October 9, witnessed this miraculous phenomenon and informed others. Within minutes, devotees started thronging the place with vessels, bottles etc., to consume the water, feel purified and be graced by the divine power. By late evening, crowds had made it hard for the vehicles and pedestrians to move on this road.
The police forces have been trying to control the mob ever since. While many are trying to collect as much water as possible, others are engaged in paying obeisance to the crucifix in devotional frenzy. Local people as well as religious leaders have expressed their surprise over the miraculous happening. Newspaper reporters and television channels got busy with informing the curious people what has been going on at the Chakala Cross.
In the last week of June last, blood had oozed out of the heart portion of Jesus Christ's portrait located in St Michael's Church, Mahim in the city. Full details about the incident have not yet come out. Earlier to this, water in a part of the sea where a Darga is located in Mahim, had turned sweet for some time, which was also thought to be a miracle.