Sun gazing for 'Virgin Mary' leaves many with blurred visionFriday, February 29, 2008
KOTTAYAM, Kerala: Call it mass hysteria or the belief that they can see Virgin Mary by directly looking at the blazing sun. The attempt has left around 50 people with blurred vision in the state.
The incident took place at Erumely, around 50 km from here, when hundreds of enthusiastic Catholics reportedly sun-gazed after hearing about the 'miracle'.
K.E. Eapen, a retina specialist who is currently treating the affected at Kottayam, said the first case came to him Feb 15.
"Slowly, more patients started trooping in and many are now ruing what happened. As soon as we got more cases, we informed the medical authorities. Local parishes also read out that the faithful should desist from sun-gazing," Eapen told reporters.
Reports from Erumely indicate that in their eagerness to sight Virgin Mary, a large number of people gathered at a place called Manjalaruvi Feb 13, offered prayers and started sun-gazing.
"We are now treating close to 50 patients who have blurred vision caused by photochemical reaction. Some of them said that they gazed for 30 seconds, while some said they repeatedly sun-gazed, causing damage to the central part of the eye," added Eapen.
He said that all those who are under treatment are yet to recover fully.
"It is problematic and while some say they are improving, a few others have not had any significant improvement for their blurred vision," he said.
Manjalaruvi has been in the news for the past two years after Salomi, a middle aged woman, and her 14-year-old son got cured from cancer reportedly after praying to Virgin Mary.
Since then Manjalaruvi has seen hundreds of faithfuls coming to the home of Salomi and gaze at the sun in the hope of seeing Virgin Mary.
"The maximum crowds come on the 13th of every month to the home where Salomi stayed and it is from there that the faithful do the sun-gazing," a Manjalaruvi resident said.
Videos of blood,honey coming from Mary's eyes :
http://thazhathupanthiruvelil.googlepages.com/mary_miracleErumely, commonly known as the land of lakes, latex, and letters is a small and beautiful agricultural village, with full of small rivers, streams, and hillocks, and well known for its rubber plantations witnessed a miracle from St.Mary. This happened in Alackal Sojan's house in Manjalaruvi near Erumely.
The kids were praying to St. Mary and the youngest child Albin noticed that blood coming out from St. Mary's picture there and he ran to his mother and informed her. The news spread to the near by places and hundres of people started flowing to their house to witness this miracle. I also went there and saw this with my own eyes and glad to share this with you.
Another important fact is that, Albin and his mother Salomi are suffering from severe diseases.
believe it or not? it seems a worldwide phenomenon
already there are reports of St.Mary's appearance in many parts of the world.most famous may be at Medjugorge .
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