SANGUEM: After a four-year gap, the feast of Our Lady of Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel in Curdi, Sanguem, will be celebrated on Sunday, May 28. The event promises to be a grand affair, with Bishop Sebastiao (Seby) Mascarenhas of Baroda serving as the main celebrant for the feast Mass.
Bishop Seby Mascarenhas holds a special connection with the remote Curdi village, having worked closely with its parishioners during his formative years before his ordination as a priest.
The feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel in Curdi is dependent on the water level in the backwaters of the Selaulim Dam. If the water recedes completely near the Chapel area, which remains submerged for most of the year, the feast is celebrated in the last week of May.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the feast could not be celebrated in 2019 and 2020.
In the following years, the Chapel remained underwater, resulting in no celebrations in 2021 and 2022.
It’s worth noting that alongside the Chapel, the Someshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva also resurfaces during the dry months of April and May. This period attracts Hindus from far and wide to the ancient Curdi village, where they come together to celebrate the annual Zatrotsav event.