The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni, in Mumbai, has a statue of Jesus with water – it must be holy water – trickling down from the toes. This blessed water is collected and the church is a site of pilgrimage.
However the miracle was caused by faulty plumbing and not divine intervention.
The noted Indian rationalist, Sanal Edamaruku, came for a look ….
I had a close look at a nearby washroom and the connected drainage system that passed underneath the concrete base of the cross. I removed some stones from the drain and found it was blocked. I touched the walls, the base, and the cross and took some photographs for documentation. It was very simple: Water from the washroom, which had been blocked in the clogged drainage system, had been transmitted via capillary action into the adjacent walls and the base of the cross as well as into the wooden cross itself. The water came out through a nail hole and ran down over the statue’s feet.
The backlash against Edamaruku’s conclusions was swift and strong.
He has been accused of insulting religion (a charge akin to blasphemy) under Section 295A of the Indian penal code, which charges a person with “deliberately hurting religious feelings and attempting malicious acts intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class or community.”
Death threats followed, and Edamaruku was forced to seek exile in Finland.