The History of the Miraculous Cross
It was in the middle of 19th century a monument of the Cross on the Hillock was built. While travelling through bus from Belgaum towards Nandgad a white painted monument can be seen on one of the peaks of the Sayadhri range. The bus on reaching the foot of the hill at Nandgad the white monument on the hillock turns out to be a Cross, symbol of the Christians.
In the middle of the last century every year during the winter season the Bubonic plaque would visit these regions and create dread, any deaths would occur. the Christians made a vow to implant the Cross on the hillock so that then could be saved from the scourge of Bubonic plague and their petitions were granted.
As a fulfillment of their pledge this cross was erected as a token of gratitude. Every year when the celebration of the feast of the Patroness of Immaculate Conception Church was celebrated in Nandgad, on the 3rd day of this feast the devotees of the Cross would make a pilgrimage to the hill, singing hymns and reciting prayers with great fervor and devotion. When they reached the floor of the cross on the hillock they submitted their petitions concerning their illness and spiritual ailments and returned with peace in their minds and hearts.
Even today, every First Friday, the people from the villages surroundings the hill gather together at the foot of the Cross for Holy Hour and Rosary. They come specially to present petitions, to pray for their intention and return home, touched by Christ. Many people who want astray have come back to the Church. The faith of the people has been strengthened and joy and unity has been restored in the broken families. The people visiting this Miraculous Cross, are not only the Catholics but also the people of other faiths, thus it has become an universally accepted devotions.
In the book of Numbers(Num. 21:8-9), it is written that " God Commanded Moses", make a fiery serpent, and set it on the pole, and everyone who is bitten when he sees it shall live' So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole, and if a serpent bit any he would look at the bronze serpent and live.' In the same way the devotees at Nandgad venerate the Cross on which hung the Savior of the world and redeemed them.
' O CRUX AVE SPES UNICA'
' HAIL O CROSS OUR ONLY HOPE'
Fr. Vijay Mendith