On Dravidian architecture, the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere is the theater of high religious ceremonies in color.
Near the city center, near the river Nadi, is the Hindu temple Sri Siva Subramaniya, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Visiting the temple can admire its traditional Dravidian architecture, decorated with elegant carvings of Hindu deities. The atmosphere of serenity that prevails it the ideal place to relax and attend ceremonies offering a feast of colors.
Fiji has attracted in the past many Indian migrants came to work in the sugar cane plantations. In 1984, eight artists from India were invited to do the same journey in order to participate in the construction of this huge temple complex. Take time to admire the pyramid shape of the different buildings, all characterized by architectural staircase and decorated with fine carvings of gods, kings and knights.
The complex is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of rain, whose statue dominates the main temple. Other complex of temples are dedicated to the worship of Ganesh, the elephant god, and Shiva, the supreme deity. You can also admire the colorful frescoes depicting scenes from the Hindu religion.
After exploring the various temples, you will find a peaceful place to sit to meditate or relax to the tranquility of the place. In the early evening, you will find an ideal setting to watch the sunset on the island of Denarau.
If possible, make sure that your visit coincides with one of the festivals or celebrations that take place throughout the year. Each month has held on Karthingai Puja festival, during which the faithful converge on the temple to give fruits and flowers as offerings to deities. The most important events are the festival of Thaipusam and Panguni Uthiram Thiru-naal, held respectively in January and April.
The Hindu temple of Sri Siva Subramaniya is located in the southern end of the main shopping street of Nadi. You can get there by taxi from the airport or by bus network from most hotels of Viti Levu. All visitors are welcome, provided they have not eaten meat on the day of their visit and to respect the customs of the place. You will have so cover your shoulders and legs, and avoid talking or taking photos inside the temple. The complex is open from sunrise to sunset, but closes for a few hours in the early afternoon. Access is free.