by Fr Martin Sirju
Last September marked the departure of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima from Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church to its next destination. The goings-on in the parish and the behaviour of parishioners and pilgrims comprise a good lesson in the anthropology of devotion vis-a-vis doctrine. In order to properly describe what I am speaking about I would have to depart a little to speak about a Hindu notion—murti.
Murti is used in different ways in Hindu devotional language. More commonly it is taken as a symbol or image. Hindus speak of a murti of Krishna or a murti of Lakshmi. The little figurines we see selling in Hindu shops are also called murtis.