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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City’s Indian Goddess Temple Serves Hindus And Non-Hindus in Vietnam

Tuesday,May 18,2010
(Mariamman Temple in Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam)
VIETNAM : No one knows exactly when the Indian Goddess temple called Mariamman Temple was built in Ho Chi Minh City, but people there say it was first erected in the late 19th century by traders from Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. The main Goddess of this temple is Mariamman, the main South Indian mother Goddess who is predominant in most rural areas of Tamil Nadu and other southern states of this country.

The Hindu Temple serves Indian families who live in the city, but most of the devotees worshiping Her are actually Saigonese non-Hindus who believe in the power of Mariamman. The temple is regarded as a holy site and attracts thousands of people every week.

Surrounding the outer walls of the temple are about twenty statues of Gods such as Mahavishinu, Kaliyamman, Birman and Paramasivam. Also in District 1, there are two other Hindu Temples, Sri Thendayutthapani Temple and Sunbramaniar Temple. These endow the city with Indian features and enrich the spiritual life of Saigonese.

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