Temple in the Sea at Waterloo
Temple in the Sea at Waterloo
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Sharda Kimberly R
Trinidad og Tobago16 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
mar. 2024 • Familie
The temple is located in an oceanfront view off Waterloo..Very calm and peaceful environment.....Beautiful scenery...
Skrevet 21. mars 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3 872 bidrag
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mai 2023 • Alene
As its name suggests, this temple is next to the water. It is a beautiful building in a lovely spot. It is definitely worth a visit.
Skrevet 1. juni 2023
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mylesdolphin
Victoria, Canada465 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
feb. 2020
The story behind this place is really interesting and I encourage you to read more about it. The place itself was very impressive as well and relatively easy to get to. There were a lot of people there the day we went because of a funeral, which was taking place in the adjacent parking lot. A large funeral pyre burned as music blasted from speakers - it was a bit disturbing to the senses but I guess this is how they carry out their funerals there.

The temple grounds were peaceful and serene. Just a note that we went during low tide and the surrounding area was a bit of an eye sore, it was just muddy and dirty to be honest. I'd recommend finding out when high tide is. Other than that it was a very peaceful place and we're glad we went.
Skrevet 23. februar 2020
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RossBlake
Cranbrook, Canada917 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
nov. 2019
The history of the Temple in the Sea is one of perseverance and a legal loophole, not a common tale around temples. The temple, also called the Waterloo Temple, was the dream of one man - Sewdass Sadhu. As an indentured labourer immigrant from India, living in the village of Waterloo with other immigrants from India, he wanted a place to worship. During his free time, he built his own temple. He built the first temple in 1947, but the government at the time had not allowed it and five years after it was built, it was torn down. Sewdass was told that he was not allowed to build a temple on the land.

So he got creative. After work hours, he moved rocks by hand and on bicycle reclaiming land at low tide. He did by hand for 25 years and ultimately didn’t finish before his death. The government decided in 1995 to finish the project and dedicate it to him on the 150th anniversary of Indian people arriving in Trinidad and Tobago.

We visited the temple as part of a day trip with Sensational Tours and Transport. The temple was shut when we visited, but that simply didn’t let us go inside the physical building. We were still free to walk around the reclamation and look into the temple from the outside.

From the temple you can see Port of Spain and even Venezuela on clear days. I found the story beautiful, and also sad that Sewdass never saw the finished project. The temple is worth a stop at to understand the size of the project, and also for the views into the ocean. However, it’s not worth a standalone trip by any means. I was actually slightly underwhelmed when I got there, having seen some photography with some clever angles.

Walking out to the temple on the reclaimed path gives you an understanding of the extend of one man’s sacrifice for his religion. The gardens are maintained well and the temple itself looked like it would be picturesque for ceremonies. The temple is surrounded by flags, called Jhandis, a Hindu practice that is unique to the Caribbean I’ve been told, and not practiced in India. They are coloured to represent prayers to different gods, each assigned a specific colour. There are photos showing the modest temple that originally in this place, but regardless it is a truly powerful tale.
Skrevet 9. februar 2020
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Basil B
Albany, NY226 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2019
In a land where all religious beliefs and cultures meld into a single, affable pot, this site represents just one facet of exemplary tolerance. This is an Hindu temple similar to that which is to be expected during a visit to India. Clean, well-maintained and popular with locals.
Skrevet 17. desember 2019
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GolfGuy777
Wilmington, DE181 bidrag
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jul. 2019 • Par
Our tour guide took us here. We would have never gone otherwise and we are so glad we did. The history/story of this site is amazing in regards to the original temple. The vistas of the water around it is extraordinary. Do consider going here. You will not be disappointed.
Skrevet 12. juli 2019
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LINABEDOYA90
Medellín, Colombia14 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2018
Hay que visitar este templo. A parte de la historia que encierra (el porqué de su construcción), el sitio realmente tiene una carga de espiritualidad regeneradora!
Skrevet 2. juli 2019
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gillespierandy
Conception Bay South, Canada24 bidrag
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feb. 2019 • Par
The Temple in the Sea is a lovely Hindu temple built on a spit of land off the central west coast of Trinidad. There is a cremation site there and we were lucky enough to arrive just as a cremation ceremony was beginning.
Skrevet 23. februar 2019
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Mr Smith
Chaguanas, Trinidad236 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2018 • Par
Lovely view of the sunset and nice temple. Nice place for couples, groups and families. The place is also free to visit.
Skrevet 30. desember 2018
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BKTX
Dallas, Texas161 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2018 • Par
Temple in the sea is a great story of human perseverance, personal sacrifice, and enduring efforts of Sewdass Sadhu. He was born in India in 1903 and arrived in Trinidad with his parents as an indentured worker. He worked at the Waterloo Sugar Estate. That time there were no Hindu temples in Trinidad. Being a devout Hindu, he wished if he could visit temples in India. With extremely low salary trip to India then was difficult. So he first built a temple on unused swamp land of a private estate which was destroyed by land owner. He was jailed and fined. Finally in 1948 he decided to build a temple in the sea which allowed him to construct it without anyone’s permission. Because sea was not anybody's property. With his limitless spirit and just one bicycle as means of transportation, he tirelessly worked alone for next 20 years reclaiming land in the sea, creating a passage with bricks, stone, cement and sand. With his efforts, a single story temple stood in the sea at about 500 feet from the shore. In 1970, Sadhu passed away while on a personal trip to India. After a passage of time, the temple gave in to neglect and sea erosion. In 1994 TT Government decided to build a permanent temple as a part of plan to commemorate 150th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. What we see today is that new structure.
I have also added an old photo of Sewdass’s original temple in the sea to give readers an idea how it was then. Today a statue of Sewdass Sadhu stands on shore to remind us what Swami Vivekananda said… "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached".
Skrevet 7. desember 2018
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