Goa is the party capital of India. This year in New Year’s fortnight, I visited Goa for the first time. I had heard a lot about this place and the fun quotient associated with it. So I had the same expectations before visiting it.
Party, fun, beaches, good food and good times were all that I was looking forward too. However in a small little corner of my heart, due to religious beliefs, I also wanted to visit one or two famous churches of Goa.
So here I was searchng for the most famous churches of Goa. Soon I got a kitty full of them in Old Goa and Panjim. The must visit ones being:
- Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
- Se Cathedral, Old Goa
- Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Panjim
- Church of St Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
I adjusted my itinerary to fit in these places and successfully did visit each of them. You see I am not a staunch believer in religion per say. But when I visited the first one I felt a sense of serenity deep within. Perhaps, almost instantly, I recollected the old memories of my non-christian friends telling how they felt so peaceful on visiting any church. I would smile at them then and move on not knowing that actually there was something in the air of the churches that had the calming effect. Rather than praying, I stood there confused about what that thing was?
Anyhow, next I visited Se Cathedral that is located bang opposite to the first church. Luckily there was a Goan wedding mass (wedding ritual) going on. The beauty of the church had been multiplied manifolds with decorations for the special holy mass. I went inside as a random wedding gatecrasher but every bit of this mass was totally worth it. The mass was amazing and during the prayers, when the priest used the thurible to glorify God, my confused spirits got the answer.
It was the fragrance of “Frankincense or Lobaan (in Hindi)”.
Frankincense is used in most Roman Catholic and other churches worldwide. It has a huge significance in Christianity as it was one of the three gifts given to Jesus on his birth. Today in every ritualistic Sunday mass it is used to sanctify the atmosphere in the church and glorify the Almighty.
The fragrance of Frankincense is characteristically balsamic, sweet, warm, & reinvigorating that motivates and energizes stressed body, mind & soul. Being associated to religious rituals of not just Christianity but many other religions like Parsi, Hinduism, Muslims etc., its fragrance is spiritually comforting. This in turn helps the mind to be optimistic even in a critical situation.
So as a gift of love, quite unexpectedly from Goa, I brought with me this magnificent aroma of Frankincese and the idea to bring a #changeinair. I try & use it twice daily at my home as a air freshener; once in the morning and second time in early evening. I feel its aroma gives my home purity, serenity and loads of energy to take on the many challenges of daily life.
I totally love the perfume of Frankincense but wish it came in a more easy to use set up for conveniently spreading in all corners of home and freshening them with its aroma. I would also love to have it in my car probably as a car freshener packed as a mysterious, magical potion in a small bottle. One thing that I must share is that every time I smell the scent of Frankincense at my home, I am taken back to the lovely churches of Old Goa and the sanctity of life.
P.S. This blog post is for a contest named #InspireAFragrance organised by Godrej Aer in association with Indiblogger . This thought provoking contest made me pen down the key takeaway from my trip to Goa.