Largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere,Likuri Harbor – FIJI

Largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere,Likuri Harbor – FIJI

Sri Siva Subrahmaniya Swami Temple – Nadi, Fiji

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The Beginning

The first Murukan temple was built around 1861 on the banks of Nandi River by Tiru Ramasami Pillai of Singarandapuram village, Razipur Taluq, Salem District, Tamil Nadu.

The first Murukan temple was built around 1861 on the banks of Nandi River by Tiru Ramasami Pillai

After completing his five years as indentured labourer, he must have been driven by forces to undertake this task to build a temple for his ishta-devatå.

First, the temple was just a thatched hut. To build a concrete temple Ramasami Pillai went around collecting money from the South Indian community in Fiji and built a large temple of the day, and in those days it was known as ‘Periya Kovil’. So it remains today also in a new site as the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

Initially this was a private temple. Later Ramasami Pillai returned to India; and South Indians living in Nandi paid a sum of money and bought the temple in the name of Ten Intiya Canmarka Ikya Cankam. Since then the management of this Murukan temple has remained in the hands of the Cankam.

A granite Murukan vigraha carved in Ten Kasi was acquired with the help of Tiru M. N. Naidu; the vigraha arrived in 1926. In 1931 a pañca-loha utsava vigraha Murukan with Valli and Teyvayånai arrived with the help of Tiru Yagambaram Reddy and some devotees of Sabeto settlement near Nandi airport.

Among the 30 granite mürtis shipped to Fiji from Chennai in the 1970s by Dr. N. Mahalingam, two dwåra pålakas adorn the entrance to the artha mandapam of our Murukan temple at the new site.

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