Sunday, 22 July 2012

[] Dattatreya Temple and 85 ft Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima - West Indies


Dattatreya Temple and 85 ft Hanuman Murti in Carapichaima

West Indies

One of the more famous religious sites in Trinidad is the 85-foot-high Hanuman murthi the largest outside India its claimed, and the architectural designs of the pinkish/saffron (Kesari) colored Dattatreya Mandir at Orange Field Road, Carapichaima.

Now in Trinidad, you would assume that if there is a sign off the highway at the Carlsen Field flyover, you would expect that there would be tons of signage directing you over to the temple. However,becausethis is Trinidad, there is actually no easy way to find the temple. Once you get off the Old Southern Main Rd, it is fairly easy to ask anyone walking along the side of the road for directions to the temple. Its definitely worth the drive in.

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The structure was built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India.

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Two gray concrete elephants provide water for devotees to wash their feet before entering the main mandir at the northern side.

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The inside of the dome has seven stages of graded architecture, with numerous figures of musicians playing the various types of musical instruments in seven different colors. This is symbolic of inviting a guest into the main hall of the big mandir.

The murti of Lord Hanuman is one of the talleststatues in the Caribbean.

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How to get to the temple from Port of Spain:

  • Proceed south on the highway.Continue in a southerly direction passing the Chaguanas Flyover thenpast theChase Village Flyover until youre at theFreeport flyover. (Note a flyover, is Trini for overpass)
  • Turn off the highway on the left and take a right turn which will take you below the highway. Continue driving until you reach an intersection with traffic lights. You proceed straight across the intersection.
  • Drive for about 5 minutes until you reach a field on the left after a school.
  • From here you can make a right to see the Yoga Center/Hanuman Murtiorturn left and drive until the road ends at theTemple in the Sea.

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