Biggest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere – Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple in Fiji

The Biggest Hindu Temple below the Equator

The Biggest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere is the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, located in Nadi, Fiji.

As you can see from the photo, it’s a brightly coloured temple that’s rather eye catching.  You can walk around the grounds and take photos, but not within the temple itself if you’re not a Hindu.

Large festivals are often held at the temple, and often attract worshippers from around the globe.

Hinduism was brought to Fiji when the English sent indentured labourers from India to work in the sugar fields.  Their descendents still practice Hinduism, and the Sri Siva Subramaniya was first constructed in the 1920s.

It was refurbished in the 1970s, and labour was brought out from India to help build the temple.

More Biggest Hindu Temple Stuff

When in Nadi, you can visit the Biggest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere and walk around it to check it out.

To find out more about Hinduism in Fiji, check out New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa.

Thanks to Tourism Fiji for sending me on this great trip!

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  1. April 14, 2010    

    Wow that really is colorful isn’t it? Its a shame that non Hindus aren’t allowed in but I guess it would be overrun with tourists and wouldn’t be able to be used for its primary function!
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  2. Park Hotel Park Hotel
    April 15, 2010    

    That is a very eye catching temple, quite cool.
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  3. Raja Raja
    May 16, 2010    

    Wov, Very Nice

  4. K.Chandramouli K.Chandramouli
    March 27, 2011    

    In 1986 I went to Australia [ from Brussels ] Inoticed that water in the tap was flowing in the opposite direction–opposite to that in trhe Northern hemisphere.Later on I came to know that this was because of Corioli’s Law.This triggered the question on the prayer and going round the deity.

    In the northern hemisphere,the circum ambulation of the deity in the temple is done in the clockwise direction.
    Since Fiji is in the southern hemisphere is it[ going round the deity] is it performed in the anti clockwise direction?

  5. Dr Ravi Dr Ravi
    September 15, 2011    

    SIva Subramaniya is the name given to the child of Siva or Lord Muruga, the history is that when SIva and Sakthi split and there was no more production and Sakthi was in search of Siva Muruga was looked after by the parents of Sakthi or Unnamulai hence the name SIva SUbramaniya and now since Siva was in the for m of Dakshinamurthy the sivasubramniaya will be in the southern side.
    The original temple is in Tiruvannamali and on the southern side and hence the name Siva SUbramaniya

  6. Deepak Deepak
    September 1, 2012    

    It’s BEAUTIFUL , love to visit this temple. OM NAMAH SHIVAYA.

    December 19, 2012    


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