‘O God, please pay attention to all these matters’

15 May, 2014
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Interiors: Afghan Church (1858)

Interiors: Afghan Church (1858)

Church of St. John the Evangelist, Colaba.

Whenever Britain went to war in the 19th century, Bombay’s various communities would gather to pray at churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and fire temples.

‘O Almighty God! We pray to you that the Queen of this country be granted an honourable victory in the present fighting. The King of Kings should grant her army and navy special strength and wisdom, bless the Queen with a long life, and ensure the prosperity of her empire.’

Prayer gatherings offered avenues for a leveled participation in the Empire. They required no monetary contribution, only an emotional earnestness, and if the war was won, all could claim to have played a part.

An Acharya armed only with his camera.

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