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Sri Siva Subramaniya temple: The largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere

David Goran

The three-part Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, located at the southern end of the main road through Nadi, Fiji, and the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Murugan, the god of nature. Murugan’s statue, specially carved in India, is housed in the main temple. The second part of the complex is the Ganesh temple, while the third section is the Meenakshi and Shiva temple.

Not only is it the largest temple in the southern hemisphere, it’s also probably the most colourful. Photo Credit

Not only is it the largest temple in the southern hemisphere, it’s also probably the most colorful. Photo Credit

 

The original temple existed for a long time, formed in 1926. Photo Credit

The original temple existed for a long time, formed in 1926. Photo Credit

The original temple had been in existence for a long time. It was at the old temple building that the India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) was formed in 1926. The foundation for a new temple was laid at the old site in 1976 during the Golden Jubilee celebrations by His Excellency the High Commissioner for the government of India in Fiji.

Divided into three different sections, the temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Photo Credit

Divided into three different sections, the temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Photo Credit

 

A sculpted depiction of Lord Murugan stands over the central temple. Photo Credit

A sculpted depiction of Lord Murugan stands over the central temple. Photo Credit

A magnificent monument in Nadi city. Photo Credit

A magnificent monument in Nadi city. Photo Credit

Sri Siva Subramaniya was built in the Dravidian style, which was popular in the southern part of India. Dravidian temples tend to be made from sandstone, soapstone (which is basically made of talcum powder) or granite and include large pyramid-shaped towers. To build this temple, eight craftsmen were specially brought from India.

The intricate craftsmanship of the individual statues within the temple is the work of eight craftsmen brought to Fiji from India. Photo Credit

The intricate craftsmanship of the individual statues within the temple is the work of eight craftsmen brought to Fiji from India. Photo Credit

 

One of the few places outside India where visitors can see traditional Dravidian architecture. Photo Credit

One of the few places outside India where visitors can see traditional Dravidian architecture. Photo Credit

The temple was built in the best traditions of ancient Dravidian Indian temple architecture as well as the principles of sacred architecture of the Vastu Vedic tradition. The complex features pyramid-shaped temples, individually adorned with elaborate carvings, step designs and statues of gods, kings. and warriors.

A Drumming and Bell Ringing Machine. Photo Credit

A Drumming and Bell Ringing Machine. Photo Credit

The walls of the temple are carved with numerous statues of different deities, each of which is designed according to a specific religious meaning.

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The traditional Dravidian architecture of the temple is rarely seen outside India, and is, according to traditions, laid down thousands of years ago.