Ootacamund, Nov. 14. What looks like becoming a faith healing: shrine is evoking considerable interest among hillmen and others in the Nilgiris. It is a large wooden Cross, with a life-sized figure of Christ in brass, set upon a rock in the Indian .Christian village of Kandal, on-the outskirts of Ootacamund.
The Indian Christian cemetery being crowded, the Roman Catholic authorities lately acquired another plot of land in the neighbourhood. In order to prevent desecration and its continued usage as grazing ground for cattle, the priests set up the Crucifix, which had been carried in procession from the Roman Catholic Church on the occasion of the commemoration of the Crucifixion. The story goes that two herd boys tried to steal the brass nails holding the figure of Christ to the Cross. The same night they fell •dangerously ill, seized by some strange malady. Their parents elicited details of their sacrilegious act and prayed to the Christ on the Cross, that the lives of the boys be spared.
The children recovered and the news, which spread far and wide, reached a Chettiar residing at Coimbatore. This man had recently lost a large sum of money, and he hastened to Ootacamund. He prayed at the Crucifix. On his return he found the money replaced. Everyday devotees may be seen praying at the shrine; but Friday is the principal day. It is stated that as many as 2,000 of all castes and creeds, have gathered on a single day to worship here.
A special Tamil monthly pamphlet ‘The Crucifix at Kandal” records miraculous cures of paralysis, rheumatism and other ailments effected through simply worshipping at the shrine. These stories are attracting people from the plains, and the village is acquiring a reputation as a place of holiness.
THE ANGLO LUSITANO ” Dated 24tb Nov., 1934.
– Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, February 2nd, 1935 (pdf pp 48)