Mariamman Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

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Front entrance of the Mariamman Temple.

The Mariamman Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Mariamman. It was built in the late 19th century by traders from Tamil Nadu known as Nagarathar.

Architecture[edit]

In the outer hall, Paravati's sons Ganesha and Muruga are on her right and left, respectively. The Rajagopuram of this temple is about 12m high and contains a number of statues. Statues of Lakshmi, Murugan and other devas dot the hallways.

The main feature of the temple are the various statues of Mariamman, which surround the outer walls of the temple. These include Nataraja, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Kali, Biramasakthi, Samundi, Thirumagal, Mageswari, Meenadchi, Valambigai, Andal, Kamadchiamman, Karumari-amman, Sivagami and Parvati who has Murugan in her lap.[1]

There is also a huge mandapam or main hall inside the koil.[citation needed]

Devotees[edit]

It was built at first to serve the Chettiar community in Vietnam. It serves around fifty Tamil families in Ho Chi Minh City. Most of the devotees are Vietnamese or Sino-Vietnamese who believe they have experienced the powers of Mariamman.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hindu temples in VIETNAM", at shaivam.org from Aum Muruga journal
  2. ^ "Mariamann Temple: Hinduism Saigon Style", expatmojo.com", June 11, 2014