St. Anne church is a hidden gem in the quiet Olaulim village. We found it while riding around Pomburpa village, during our stay at the Loja. In the evening, churchgoers gather here for mass. The rest of the day, the Church stands quietly. Witnessing life passing by for the last 266 years or so. The gentle sway of trees, the white of the church, and the slightly overgrown and abandoned feel of the garden in front of it … something wild and peaceful.
Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. She is the patron of housewives, women in labor, cabinet makers and miners. Her emblem is a door (I tried to find out why, but couldn’t get anything in the Google abyss). The most widely known shrines of Saint Anne is Saint Anne De Beaupre in Quebec, Canada. (source)
A plaque provides a short history of the church: It was built in 1752, as a chapel affiliated to the parish of Pomburpa. It was elevated into a separate parish on May 7, 1985.
Parish – (In the Christian Church) A small administrative district typically having its own church and a priest or pastor.