The local tea stall blares the Tamil song as I walk in a street near the shrine of the Infant Jesus in Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka. The tune and words sound like any number of Tamil film songs I have heard. And, in fact, I do think it is a film song for it is not unusual in this genre of romantic music to refer to one's lover in an hyperbolic way as a metaphoric god or goddess. But these words are followed by the name that tells me it is not film music- Come, O lord, and reside with happiness in my heart, Come O Yesu....
"Sacred Land, Common Ground, Contested Territory: the Healing Mother of Velankanni Basilica and the Infant Jesus Shrine in Bangalore,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 17, Article 25.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1535