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Basilica of Bom Jesus In Goa India - Christian Pilgrim Centre In India

The first Basilica of India houses the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, who died on December 2, 1552 while on a voyage to China. The Jesuit missionary's body WflK found intact two-and-a-half months affci lie died on Sancian, an island off Chinese mainland, and was brought to Goa two yeais fatei anil was Our-ied at the alter of Church of St Paul. It was shifted to Bom Jesus in 1624 after he was canonized. St Francis Xavier is the patron saint of Goa, a tourist haven on the western coast of India

Bom Jesus is the first Indian Church to be elevated to the status of a Basilica in 1946, The hasilica is one of India's finest examples of baroque architecture. During the 450 years of Portuguese rule in Goa, every governor genera! handed over his symbols of authority to the Basilica which they believed offered protection to the rulers.

Pilgrim Season and Festival: Goa archdiocese organizes the exposition of the mortal remains once every 10 years. The last exposition was held from November 21 to January 2, 2005. Preparations with support from the state government are already underway. The previous exposition in 1994 drew over 1.4 million, according to the local authorities.

The tradition of expositions began in 1782, 230 years after the Saint died.

Location: About 550-km from Mumbai, Goa lies on the Konkan rail link through wftfifprn India Hna hse a commercial airport with daily flights and is well connected by rail and road. Motorcycles and taxis are available for local movement.

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Source Catholic Dir Of India 2005