The Infant Jesus Shrine in Bangalore has been one of my favourite places to visit right from the time that I was fifteen. Thursdays are considered sacred. People from different religions and walks of life visit the shrine every Thursday to light candles and pray.
Candles of varied colours are available to purchase. I have always felt drawn to the yellow ones and pick them without fail!
Over the years, my relationship with this beautiful space has evolved in different ways.
As a teenager, my primary focus was on coping with studies and exams. I mostly went to the shrine to summon divine support for academic accomplishment.
Thereafter, I asked for help with relationship challenges.
In 2007, I bumped into my soul partner Suraj and felt an instant connection with him. On the same day, I visited the shrine and spent time in meditation. I asked to be shown if my gut feeling about Suraj was accurate and requested divine grace to help this relationship go forward if it was for the highest good.
Some years later, I found myself there again, praying for strength to cope with pregnancy loss.
I have to admit that being in that space has helped me find immense strength to overcome different challenges in life. I am so very grateful for this.
Over the last few years though, there has been a shift.
I continue to visit the shrine to this day but find that I have nothing to ask for.
All I want to do now is meditate with yellow candles and bask in the lovely peaceful energy that engulfs the space,
All I want do is connect with the Christ Light of Baby Jesus.
To me, this Light represents joy, innocence, warmth, love and peace, and some other things that I cannot explain logically but feel within me when I meditate there.
When I look back on life, I feel grateful I was supported through my ups and downs, and that even the most challenging moments brought forth some wonderful lessons and gifts.
Since 2007, Reiki and other spiritual practices have helped me build inner strength. I now feel so deeply connected to the Force of Life that I don’t feel the need anymore to ask the Divine for anything.
I trust that when I am in the flow of life, living in accordance with my soul’s purpose and doing all I can to become better each day, everything I need (and not necessarily want) shall come to me.
When I meditate with my yellow candles before Infant Jesus today, I feel an inexplicable sense of peace, contentment and gratitude, to the point that I find myself in tears at times.
I am not sure if my connection with the shrine will evolve further over the years. But no matter what, this gem of a place will always hold a special place in my heart!