Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
- Main St Town Centre
- tel, info: 670 0016
- admission F$3.50
Lonely Planet review for Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
At the base of Main St, away from the commercial hype, this peaceful Hindu temple strikes a vibrant pose against a dramatic mountainous backdrop. It is a tranquil spot to reflect and distance yourself from Nadi's boisterous main drag. The prolific wooden carvings of Hindu deities travelled all the way from India, as did the artists who dressed the temple in its colourful coat and impressive ceiling frescos.
You can wander around the main temple to see the Hindu Lord Shiva's various forms, all incarnations being manifestations of the One Supreme Lord. This is a Murugan temple and worship of Lord Murugan is equivalent to the worship of nature. He is the guardian deity of the seasonal rains. Visitors are welcome as long as they wear neat and modest dress, and haven't consumed alcohol or nonvegetarian food that day.
Festivals such as Karthingai Puja (monthly), Panguni Uthiram Thiru-naal (April) and Thai Pusam (January) attract devotees from around the world. Devotees circle around the temple where they offer banana, smash a coconut, burn some camphor and receive blessing from the priest.