Attraction 45 Truong Dinh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Mariamman Hindu Temple is special ?
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. With a colourful facade that jumps out amongst less ornate neighbours, Saigon's Mariamman Hindu Temple seems out of context. Inside, the atmosphere is lively and the powerful smell of incense hangs in the air. The temple is named after the goddess Mariamman, worshipped for miraculous powers including curing heat-based diseases and helping people find good spouses. There are two other Hindu Temples in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
What to explore at Mariamman Hindu Temple?
Conveniently located near Ben Thanh Market, Mariamman Hindu Temple was built by traders from Tamil Nadu, an Indian state, in the late 19th century. Keep your camera at the quick because both inside and outside the temple are marvelous photo ops. Statues of Mariamman plaster the outer temple walls. Inside, more statues pepper the hallways. Please remember to remove your shoes before stepping up onto the raised podium.
The centre piece at the altar in the heart of the temple is a statue of the Goddess Mariamman with two Hindu guardian deities next to her and two lingams in front. The shrine is usually surrounded by offerings including flowers and joss sticks. There are also two colourful towers on the roof adorned with more Hindu gods, goddesses and lions, simply follow the stairs up from the entrance to see these wonderful pillars.
Do not missed to attended the prayer at 6 weeks
How to get to Mariamman Hindu Temple?
You can walking along Le Thanh Ton street from Ben Thanh Market. It take about 5 minutes to reach
Catching the Taxi or ‘’xe om’’
- Religious South Indian Tamil temple
- A pleasant surprise
- Beautiful little temple
- Hindu temple in HCMC
- An oasis of peace in a bustling metropolis
45 Truong Dinh, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam
Tips for you
The outside "tower" is fascinating but photos obscured by overhead cables. Inside is quite tacky but again so interesting in terms of what people actually worship.
I am a Hindu and come from the land of temples, gods and goddesses, that is India. I was quite delighted to find the temple, just a doorstep away from our hotel. The temple is built in a classic south Indian style, with a gopuram (temple tower) at the entrance. The temple has a large inner sanctum, which houses the powerful goddess. The courtyard around the sanctum, has idols from the pantheon of hinduism. There are inscription board, describing the temples, brief description of the gods and the history of the temple. For me, it was interesting to see the local vietnamese come and worship the goddess with incense and other offerings. Not sure, if it might be of interesting to regular tourists, after all it is a functioning temple, but for me, it was interesting to see, something I would normally see in say Chennai or other parts of south India, on the streets of Ho Chi Minh :-)