The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere. The temple was built in the best traditions of ancient Dravidian Indian temple architecture as well as the principles of sacred architecture of the Vastu Vedic tradition.
The whole place is painted in colours bright enough to make your eyes ache and looks fantastic against cloudless, blue skies. The wooden carvings of Hindu deities travelled all the way from India.
The three-part Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan whose statue, specially carved in India, is housed in the main temple. The second part of the complex is Ganesh temple, while the third section is the Meenakshi and Shiva temple.
The intricate craftsmanship of the individual statues within the temple is the work of eight craftsmen brought to Fiji from India. The height, weight, and width of each design has a specific religious meaning and the main sanctum of the building has been built to conform to the size of the statue it will house so that the correct vibrations are present for devotees during prayer.
The Sri Siva Subramaniya temple was at the old temple building that the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) was formed in 1926. The TISI Sangam was rejuvenated following the Golden Jubilee celebration in 1976.
The revival of Sangam activities with the arrival of Shivacharya Mahalinga Gurukkal, whose services were made available to Nadi Siva Subramaniya Temple in 1984 by the government of Tamil Nadu as the chief priest boosted the activities at the temple. Devotees flocked there in very large numbers to witness unique religious ceremonies conducted at the temple for the first time.
The concrete, brick and mortar building has been carefully decorated from top to bottom, and all the sculpted images on the building's towers are lovingly rendered in brilliant colors. Most notable are the ceiling scenes, painted Michelangelo style from a scaffold.
It is just outside the sanctum, showing Muruga with six faces riding on his peacock. In the middle left photo is a ceiling lotus made of plaster and painted. And below is an elephant on the side of the staircase leading to the inner sanctum
Opening hours 5.30am to 7pm daily
Temple Festivals & Events:
Nadi's festivals, such as Karthingai Puja (held monthly), Panguni Uthiram Thiru-naal (in April) and Thai Pusam (January).