Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Because we took the morning tour, our package also included a visit to the local market (previous post) and the Nadi temple. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere. Compared to its surroundings, its colours and textures literally pop out at you, begging for a visit.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Another section of the temple

Another section of the temple

The temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan, and with intricate illustrations on the ceilings and walls, it’s a unique temple to visit that is well worth the trip if you’re ever in the area. The Dravidian architecture of the temple is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and is said to be rarely seen outside of India.

A close-up of the details of the temple reveal intricate patterns and vibrant colours

A close-up of the details of the temple reveal intricate patterns and vibrant colours

As it is a Holy Shrine, there are things that one must abide by. I wasn’t able to take any photographs within the temple, women had to be properly covered, and we had to remove our shoes before entering. This last part made for an interesting walk to the temple as the Fijian sun made the pathway beneath scorching hot—so hot that you could not stand there for more than 3 seconds!

iPhone 5s capture

iPhone 5s capture

Stay tuned for my next post on The Vuda Lookout.

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