Saint Anthony of Padua and the Child Jesus Statue — Vailankanni Shrine, New Delhi

A lovely statue of Saint Anthony of Padua and the Child Jesus occupies a glass case topped by a lighted yellow cross on the left side of the chapel at Our Lady of Vailankanni Shrine.

Saint Anthony is a popular saint in India, and throughout the world, who is usually shown holding the Child Jesus to depict a vision that Saint Anthony had just before his death at an Italian hermitage called Camposampiero in which he was found in ecstasy with an image of Baby Jesus.  In this image, Saint Anthony also holds the traditional stem of lilies representing purity and both wear intricate metal-work crowns.  Rather than the Franciscan habit, the Statue of Saint Anthony is wearing a golden cape surrounded with an interweaving of actual notes of Indian currency bearing the likeness of Gandhi.  This shrine, too, was garlanded with scented stringed white jasmine.