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A royal escort for the Urn in Cherrapunjee


By Relic Correspondent
Guwahati, Jun. 19. Cherrapunjee, June 19: Rain or no rain the pilgrims of the casket containing the right hand of St. John Bosco did not mind for having to wait till late midnight for the arrival of the life-size replica of Don Bosco. Cherrapunjee has become another centre of attraction for the people not for the rains this time as it was in earlier days but for the sacred remains of the 'Father and educator of the young', Don Bosco. The citizens of the 'abode of clouds' in this farthest corner of the state in East Khasi Hills carry a deep religious faith to whatever religion they belong. The casket relic of the saint on the world tour will be kept in the Shrine of St. John Bosco for two days. The shrine was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Pascal Chavez, the Rector Major of the Salesians on 9 November 2009.
Prayer services have not stopped here at St. John Bosco Shrine since the arrival of the relic. The anxious people of Cherra also called Sohra went as far as Smit, a Salesian missionary station in the outskirts of the city of Shillong to escort the relic in motor-bikes and cars in long queues. The pilgrims of the rainiest place on the planet earth of the earlier times gathered in candle lights along the streets to receive the 'lover of the young people' in the presence of the Archbishop of Shillong, Rt. Rev. Dominic Jala SDB and Fr. Gervasis Kozhuppathadam, the Parish Priest of St. John Bosco Shrine, Sohra. Rt. Rev. Dominic Jala was once the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Guwahati. Celebrations to honour Don Bosco would continue till the dusk of 20th June.

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