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Trinidad's Hanuman Temple: the Largest Outside India
Boasting the tallest Hanuman statue outside India, the temple’s chief god stands at 85 feet, and is an impressive, lighthouse-like beacon that welcomes visitors. Hanuman plays an important role in the pantheon of the Hindu gods: he is one of the main deities, and an ardent worshipper of the god Rama as well as a key protagonist in the Indian epic, Mahabarata. Majestic and stately, the god’s statue (also known as the Murti) is unmistakeable and instantly recognizable. Decked in pink, saffron and gold tones, it is adjacent to a Dravidian-style temple nearby where weddings and ceremonies are performed. Two gray concrete elephants mark your visit to the main temple itself (also known as Mandir). Inside the dome of the mandir, I found gorgeous colors and architecture that are exactly the same as the schemes found in Indian temples (pinks, reds, blues, saffron). I also found several statues of musicians playing instruments from pipes to veenas, the beautiful stringed instrument so popular in India. It's well worth a visit in Trinidad, especially if you're pursuing cultural escapes.
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