Almost a year of planning, fundraising and hours of hard work, a four-metre high idol of the Hindu God of destruction, Lord Shiva has reached its destination of the Siva Subramanian Temple in Suryaville, Newcastle on February 27.
The 25-ton idol was escorted from Durban to Newcastle as an abnormal load due to its size and weight.
A 2-metre base foundation for the idol was completed in September 2017. The idol was crafted in Durban by a designer who is reputed for his life size masterpieces of Hindu deities.
The impressive structure at the temple will stand at six metres, weighing between 20 and 25 tons, made up of concrete and steel.
Lord Shiva is one of the principal deities in Hinduism, and part of the trinity with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is believed to remove devotees from the illusionary world of bringing true realization of who they are, as well as what their true purpose in life is.