An Indian temple in the Pacific: Nadi, Fiji



This was the 17th post (Day 17) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.


18th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji

Rafi blared aloud, and tikka overwhelmed my nostrils.
And a little bit of India I found, in a colourful temple dome.
While the flowers were showered, and the poojas done,
I had to remind myself again. I am still not home.
Sri siva subramanya temple in nadi, Fiji

The Sri Siva Subramanya temple in Nadi, Fiji

I took a morning bus from Lautoka to Nadi town.

There was pretty much nothing in Nadi for me. Yes, there are plenty for the Aussie or European travellers, with Nadi being so much like India. There were hindi songs everywhere, and Indian restaurants everywhere which served everything from Channa to Tikka.

But, nothing for me. I didn’t come so far to see so much of India in one, single day.

Although, I did want to see the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple. This may be no match for even the village temples of India or Bali, but this was the largest Hindu temple in the whole of the South Pacific. And it was located at the base of the main street, so why miss it?

Hindu temple nadi

It was quite a colourful temple anyway. Matches the colour of the pacific.



To ReadCheck out Sigatoka, the Rugby town of Fiji


Being an Indian does have some benefits in Fiji, as I found out when I was not asked for the 5 dollar tourist fee at the temple. They must have thought I was Fijian. I didn’t correct them as I don’t feel that the 5 dollar fee was warranted, since the temple had nothing special. And as I had feared, the famous fire-walking season, was over by June.

I’ll take that gratuitous five dollars. Any day.

Hindu temple fiji

Thank you Nadi



 

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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