While predominantly occupied by Moslems, Chinese and Indians, one unique place of worship in Medan, Indonesia is the catholic shrine of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni. Built in 2005 in the district of Sunggal, it is dedicated to this specific Saint, who was made popular by an apparition in India in the 17th Century. Also known as the Temple of Our Lady of Good Health, it is a unique church, a replica of the church found in Tamil Nadu, India that is a well-known spot for Medan pilgrimage among Catholics.
The construction of the church was led by Father James Bharataputra S.J, an Indian priest, which explains its remarkable Indo-Mogul architecture. The majestic-looking structure resembles a tall, soaring tower that consists of two levels. The first level is the meeting place or community hall. The second level is the main mass room with a balcony. The mini tower consists of seven storeys with three domes signifying Heaven, the place of God Almighty. Built with an Indonesian touch, it appears more like a Hindu temple than a church. The tower already attracts lots of attention when viewed from the main road. The church of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is currently the second most significant pilgrimage in entire Asia. [Read more…]