Located near the Ben Thanh market, the Mariamman Hindu temple serves the small group of 100 or so Chinese and Vietnamese Tamil Hindus dwelling in Ho Chi Minh City.
It's the solely Hindu temple that's nonetheless open within the metropolis and is taken into account sacred by Hindu and non-Hindu Vietnamese. The temple is rumoured to have miraculous powers giving luck and wealth to those that worship inside its partitions.
Constructed on the finish of the 19th century in honour of Mariamman the Hindu Goddess of energy, the temple’s first objective was as a spot of worship for the Chettiar community.
Classically Hindu in type, the colorful temple options vibrant deity sculptures harking back to these often present in Southern India, adorning exterior partitions, roof tops, towers and the shrine inside. The temple was additionally as soon as used as a manufacturing unit wherein joss sticks have been produced.
Mariamman Hindu Temple Highlights
Retailers visiting Vietnam from Tamil Nadu first constructed the Mariamman Hindu Temple, bringing divine beings similar to Ganesh, Amman and Murgua to the streets of Saigon. Sacred photographs dance on the exterior partitions which characteristic a royal tower on the entrance that stands 12 metres excessive. Gods and Goddesses together with Shiva, Kali, Brahma and Vishnu are prominently represented with Simha Vahanam sitting to the left of the doorway.
The centre piece on the altar within the coronary heart of the temple is a statue of the Goddess Mariamman with two Hindu guardian deities subsequent to her and two lingams in entrance. The shrine is often surrounded by choices together with flowers and joss sticks. There are additionally two vibrant towers on the roof adorned with extra Hindu gods, goddesses and lions, merely comply with the steps up from the doorway to see these fantastic pillars.
The temple has a everlasting caretaker who will gladly level out totally different areas and moreover hopes to safe a Hindu Priest from India to conduct common worship.
Mariamman Hindu Temple
The Mariamman Hindu Temple is open daily from 07:00 until 19:00 and is situated at 45 Truong Dinh Street in District 1, simply three blocks to the west of Ben Thanh Market. Dress conservatively and bear in mind to take away your shoes earlier than you enter.
At all times ask permission from the caretaker earlier than you're taking any images and likewise count on to be requested to present cash to the beggars contained in the temple.