Experience Hinduism at this temple in the heart of Saigon

By Thien Chuong   March 21, 2018 | 09:12 am GMT+7

Built by Vietnam's first Indian settlers in the late 19th century, Mariamman Temple is open daily to visitors.

Mariamman Temple was built by the very first Indian in Saigon. It was just a shed at first before the Indian community got richer in their new homeland and turned it into what it is these days in 1885.

Mariamman Temple was built by the very first Indians to settle in Saigon. It started life as a humble shed before the Indian community became richer in their new homeland and transformed that shed into what you see today in 1885.

A statue of Mariamman, a Goddess in Hinduism, is put on the façade of the temple, which stands on Truong Dinh Street, only a few minutes of walking from Saigons iconic Ben Thanh Market in the heart the city.

A statue of Mariamman, a Hindu goddess, sits at the front of the temple, which stands on Truong Dinh Street, only a few minutes from Saigon’s iconic Ben Thanh Market in District 1.

The top of the gate to the temple lies statues of other gods and goddesses.

At the top of the gate stand statues of other gods and goddesses.

The hall of this temple is for ceremonial offerings and other rituals. A bigger statue of Mariamman, the goddess of rain.

The hall is used for ceremonial offerings and other rituals. A bigger statue of Mariamman, the goddess of rain, sits in the center.

Another altar of Mariamman Goddess inside the temple.

Another altar dedicated to Mariamman inside the temple.

The ceremonial offerings take place twice a day in 30 minutes at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to wish for good weather and peace.

Ceremonial offerings take place twice a day for 30 minutes at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to pray for good weather and peace.

Statues of God Brahman and God Ganesha, two of the most popular gods of Hinduism.

Statues of Brahman and Ganesha, two of the most popular gods in Hinduism.

This Hinduism temple is not as crowded as other pagodas and churches in Saigon. It is opened from 7:30 a.m. to noon and then 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

This temple is not as crowded as other pagodas and churches in Saigon. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

 
 
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