Statue of Homeless Jesus at St.Thomas Mount, Chennai.
The original concept is attributed to a Canadian sculptor who put up the first such image of Jesus sleeping on a park bench in a church in Toronto. Since then, several facsimiles have been put up in several churches around the world.
Uroor Olcott kuppam is a fishing village near Adyar. The villagers are predominantly Hindu but religious harmony prevails. There are a several temples and family shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses dotting the village. There is also a dargah dedicated to a Nagore Andavar with a flag brought from Nagore. Surprisingly for a coastal village, there are no churches.
The village chief told us that they often pray to Nagore Andavar before launching a new fishing net of a boat. He added that they also attend several functions and festivals at the nearby Velnkanni church. He concluded by saying that while Hindus are open in attending any religious functions, ‘they’ are reluctant to reciprocate.
While the need for Uniform Civic Code is being hotly debated, we must also discuss the need for better civic sense among all. Wall paintings like the one above are very common in Chennai and elsewhere. Whoever puts up such icons have a fond, but faint hope that people will no longer create nuisance in the are by urinating or dumping garbage.
After all, cleanliness is next to Godliness, they say.
The autorickshaws of Chennai are notorious for fleecing passengers. So, this scene at Besant Nagar seems to say. ” Lord save us from the autorickshaws”! Or is it the autorickshaw drivers saying,” Lord, save us from the policemen”? In either case, the Lord’s intervention is required.