In our busy materialistic lives we often get consumed in the routines of life. Neither do we have the time nor do we put in any genuine effort to find out the true purpose of our existence. I am a young chef and although I like to live in the moment and enjoy life to its fullest, quite often I like to introspect and ask deep questions about why I am here and how I should live my life. According to me spirituality lies at the heart of every religion and hence, religion teaches us a way of life. In order to explore my spirituality, I decided visit the Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ranchi.
The Gel Church as it is popularly known in the city was built in 1854 by German Missionaries who had come to spread Christianity in the Himalayas but accidentally settled in Ranchi, which was the capital of the erstwhile Chotanagpur Province in British India. The church showcases roman architecture and is built like any post renaissance European protestant church. Its beautiful towers and the majestic entrance caught my eyes.
The interiors of the church are just extraordinary. The glass paintings are almost 250 years old yet their glace and glow has not faded even a bit. The history of the church is also quite interesting. It was attacked on numerous occasions, most notably during the mutiny of 1857. A large cannon ball was fired at the church which got stuck just above a window and remains their till today.
The administration of the church is now autonomous and it works as a charitable trust. The church has done a lot to help empower the underprivileged in the region of Assam and Chotanagpur. Various schools, hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, old age homes and self help groups have been established through the trust of the church.
I was inspired by this fact. Religion is not only relevant today as a social glue but also as a powerful means of bringing the needs of the underprivileged sections of the society into limelight. The churches activities inspired me to do my bit towards the welfare of those who can’t help themselves.