Kandhamal survivors draw strength from Rosary

They prayed for peace and harmony in India

Kandhamal children praying the Rosary


By Purushottam Nayak

Kandhamal, October 3: About 2,500 Kandhamal survivors in Tiangia, a village in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, gather every evening in October to pray the Rosary.

The Catholic Church has dedicated October to pray the Rosary, a special devotion to Mother Mary.

Tiagia was among the worst affected Catholic villages during the 2008 anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal. Its survivors say that it was the Rosary that had kept them strong in their faith during the persecution.

The village comes under the Rakia parish of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar diocese, eastern India.

“I had experienced special strength and power through the Rosary prayer at the time of Kandhamal persecution,” said Anakleto Nayak, who led the Rosary at Tiangia on October 3. The catechist had survived the anti-Christian persecution.

During the Rosary, the catechist prayed for peace, harmony, equality and fraternity in India, Odisha and Kandhamal where fundamentalists continue to openly threaten Christians to leave their faith. “The hatred towards us still persists in the secular country,” Nayak regretted.

Those who want to become Christians are threatened and fined 10,000 rupees. They are even forbidden to relate Christians, he added.

The Kandhamal survivors in other places in Kandhamal too pray the Rosary in October.

“I get special grace, enthusiasm and interest to study,” said Swati Nayak, who was 8 at the time of the riots and had to spent years at a relief camp. She was among scores of children of the survivors who prayed the Rosary at Raikia Block.

Daughter of Charity Sister Jayanti Nayak, who led the children in the prayer, said reciting the Rosary helps devotees to get special power and strength. “It gives us victory over all our enemies, enriches us with graces and merits, brings peace, reconciliation and healing power,” she added.

The nun said they dedicate each decade of the Rosary for different intention because they have great confidence and trust in this powerful weapon.

Mother Mary appeared to Saint Dominic in 1206 and gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy and told him to preach it to others.

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7 thoughts on “Kandhamal survivors draw strength from Rosary

  1. The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ. At Hiroshima – August 6th, 1945 – There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the rosary in that house faithfully everyday.

  2. When we pray the Holy Rosary in the family we get special power and energy as Saint Pope Pious IX correctly said “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”

  3. I have strong faith in Holy Rosary and believe the statement of St. Louis Marie de Montfort
    ‘If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins “you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.” Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul, if – and mark well what I say – if you say the Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.’

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