This is the remains of the Hindu temple, this once housed the idol, Hanoman.
Very interesting, I've hiked through the area but never knew or saw that there was this temple there - especially since the leper colony was run by Catholic nuns. Do you know any more about it?
The colony, founded in 1908, when it was transported from Cocorite, had Protestant, Catholic and Hindu places of worship for the lepers. This was more than a hospital, it was there home as well. If you hike in the adjoining bay, up in the hill , you can also find the remains of a marble altar.
Thanks for the info.
I am a layout artist for the WESTERLY magazine
(a free community mag that features goings-on and historical (then and now views) of the western Trinidad area).
I came across your photo of the HINDU TEMPLE @ CHAC. We are interested in doing a story about the temple at Chac in our next issue of the magazine and I was wondering if you would give us permission to use your photo?
I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or at "jeannine story" on my Panaramio page.
(Artist for the Westerly)
Hello Mr Morgan,
I am sending you a copy of the story we researched on the temple at Chag, in hopes that you'd allow us to use your photo to accompany it.
I can be reached at: email@example.com or at "jeannine story" on my Panaramio page.
Jeannine Story (Artist for the Westerly)
HINDU TEMPLE OR HINDU TEMPLE OR MANDIR AT Chacachacare
By Nasser Khan
Surprisingly most Trinidadians have never heard about the small hindu temple (mandir) nestled amongst the lush greenery at Chacachacare. The Westerly first learnt about it, not first-hand, hiking through the the now overgrown trails that connect the delapidated buildings and homes of the lepers that once lived at Chachachare, but accidentally came across a photo of the temple on an internet website called “Panaramio”. The photo (taken by a visiting “Yachtie” named Owen Morgan) shows the newly painted red and white concrete structure as it stands today. A Hindu temple or Mandir, is a house of worship for Hindus, followers of Hinduism.
(YOUR PHOTO WITH CREDIT HERE)
The mandir was opened in 1945/6, built solely by the efforts of Doon Pandit (1900-1958) a hindu priest and community leader from the Las Lomas/Arima/Tacarigua area who was known for his guru-like qualities in administering healing miracles. Touched by the plight of the lepers who were regular visitors at the mandirs at Las Lomas and Arima seeking his healing powers, he felt compelled to provide a place of worship for them at Chacachacare which to that point was run by the Dominican sisters of the catholic church.
Once per week, Pandit would organize a pilgrimage to the island. The pilgrims would take along food, offerings, musical instruments and other articles of worship and embark on the boat journey to Chacachacare visits which the lepers enthusiastically looked forward to. He also extended his hands of service to the national community through the Red Cross and the Blind Welfare League.
(PHOTO OF DOON PANDIT HERE)
Such was the authenticity and high esteem of this hindu holy man that His Majesty King George VI in 1949 conferred upon him the title of MBE (Member of the British Empire). His reputation as a healer had spread to as far as India, England, Venezuela and other Caribbean islands. Perhaps his most recognized act was in curing Josephine Shaw, wife of the then-Governor of Trinidad. People seeking him came from diverse racial, religious, age, class and gender backgrounds.
SOURCE: Doon Pandit, His life and Times (1900-1958) by D.H. Singh/2006, available at NALIS libraries and at bookstores throughout T&T. Note: Doon Pandit was born Seenath Ojah
Doon Was maternal Grand Father!
There are many Hindus in Trinidad, originally from India, they have made this tiny island in the Caribbean their home. You can read more on Trinidad Temples
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Photo taken in Unnamed Road, Trinidad and Tobago
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