Mariamman Hindu Temple
Fun and informative three-hour cooking class including a trip to Thai Binh Market by cyclo.
Conservatory of Music
Performances of both traditional Vietnamese and Western classical music are held here.
Cyclo Resto Company
The makeshift feel at this super-duper upstairs place detracts nothing from some of the best-value food in town, cooked to absolute...
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Mariamman Hindu Temple information
There may only be a small number of Hindus in HCMC, but this colourful slice of southern India is also considered sacred by many ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese. Indeed, it is reputed to have miraculous powers. The temple was built at the end of the 19th century and dedicated to the Hindu goddess Mariamman.
The lion to the left of the entrance used to be carried around the city in a street procession every autumn. In the shrine in the middle of the temple is Mariamman, flanked by her guardians Maduraiveeran (to her left) and Pechiamman (to her right). In front of the Mariamman figure are two linga (stylised phalluses that represent the Hindu god Shiva). Favourite offerings placed nearby include joss sticks, jasmine, lilies and gladioli.
Mariamman Hindu Temple is three blocks west of Ben Thanh Market. Remove your shoes before stepping onto the slightly raised platform and ignore pushy demands that you buy joss sticks and jasmine as you enter.