A day after news spread that a Marian statue was blinking, thousands are crowding the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at Perambur, in Chennai.
from all corners of the city thronged the church just to get a glimpse
of the statue, which authorities of the 114-year-old shrine said, was
brought from a foreign country and erected some 75 years ago.
are managing the traffic and the crowd. In long winding queues, people
stood singing devotional and reciting prayers as they waited for a
chance to look at the statue.
“It’s a miracle. Maybe she wanted
people to know that it’s not just a stone and she’s alive,” said Kalpana
of Vyasarpadi, who came with her little son.
excited as they felt that the Lady of Lourdes had blessed them on
Tuesday – the day of the 114th annual feast at the church. “About 20,000
to 30,000 people have come so far,” said Fr Joe Andrew, Rector and
“Many of them were hoping that a miracle would
take place,” he added as he explained the history behind the church –
Lourdes is a place in France where the Mother is said to have appeared
before the poor and the sick.
Apart from the local crowd, the
church also received a huge response from devotees living abroad in
countries US, Australia, Dubai and New Zealand after a video posted on
the internet went viral.
If there was a group of Christians on
one side in queues waiting to have a glimpse, there were many large
groups waiting to ‘copy’ the video of the statue’s ‘blinking eyes’ to
their cellphones using bluetooth.
“I got the blessings of the
Lady of Lourdes but I could not bring my family. So, I’m taking this
video home,” said Martin of Perambur, who was waiting patiently despite