Healing the masses since ages
St Devadas-' Swasthatha Shaala at Kakani on the national highway going towards Vijayawada, draws many people from across the country.
St Devadas' Swasthatha Shaala at Kakani on the national highway going towards Vijayawada, draws many people from across the country. Political leaders, including former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy and present Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and scores of central and state ministers always made it a point to visit the church. Actors and actresses visit the place every year and take blessings of the fathers of the mission, be it Rev. N Sathyanandam, president of the mission, or Rev. Samuel Kiran, vice-president and Dr Pramilamma, the mission organiser. Many sick people come seeking divine intervention in the treatment of their malaise. VIPs and ordinary visitors believe that the supernatural powers operating in the place alters their destiny, provide healing to their bodies and peace to their weary souls. Others come to attain moksha.
Kakani Swasthatha Shaala (healing centre) is run by a charitable organisation called 'Bible Mission', which is headquartered at Guntur. The Shaala was founded by a 20th century saint, St Devadas, who lived a life of celibacy and for 120 years. It is said that St Devadas could cure physical ailments. People began to see a healer in him and many who had come to him in desperation were touched by a supernatural power operating through the saint. The result was that they experienced physical, mental and spiritual healing. Many who were tormented by what they call witch craft, occultism and demonic oppression began to be redeemed and turn normal in their behaviour.
After the death of St Devadas in 1960, the mantle of healing fell on the church founded by the saint and the legacy of healing is being carried on. Every Monday, thousands throng the place by autorickshaws and city buses and every conceivable means of transport to seek the blessings of Jesus.
Rev. Samuel Kiran, vice-president of the mission, stated, “Neither St Devadas nor the management ever advertised that we heal people here. It is Lord Jesus who heals when we pray for the people anointing them with oil. So we continue this mission until the second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth.”