Sri Siva Subramaniya Hindu Temple
This unique and colourful Hindu temple is the largest one in the southern hemisphere. It houses sacred statues and has beautiful artwork on the ceiling. Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is a spiritual retreat where locals pray, and it has a unique ambiance. This riotously bright Hindu temple is one of the few places outside India where you can see traditional Dravidian architecture. Look for wooden carvings of Hindu deities sent from India and intricate ceiling frescoes.
Historically, Indian migrants moved to Fiji seeking work on sugar plantations. Eight Indian craftsmen were commissioned to create the monumental structure. The complex features pyramid-shaped temples, individually adorned with elaborate carvings, step designs and statues of gods, kings and warriors.
Sri Siva Subramaniya is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of seasonal rains. A sculpted depiction of the god stands over the central temple. There are further temples honouring Ganesh, the Hindu god with the head of an elephant, and Shiva, the supreme god. Brightly coloured murals can also be seen within the complex, detailing scenes from the Hinduism.
The temple is in downtown Nadi, at the main street’s southern end. If you wish to enter the temple, respect Hindu etiquette and only enter if you have not eaten meat on the day of your visit. When visiting one should respect the dress code of modest clothing (covering shoulders and legs) and removal of shoes at the entrance. Sarongs are available at the entrance at no charge. Photos are permitted in the grounds, but not permitted inside the temple itself. The inner sanctum is reserved for devotees bringing offerings.
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