FB Isipingo Mariamman Temple

Indenture: Exploring Isipingo’s Mariamman Temple

The Isipingo Marieamman Temple was established in 1870 by Narainsamy Moodley, an Indian Indentured Labourer who carried a Marieamman Murthi with him in his journey from India to South Africa.

FB Isipingo Mariamman Temple

When the sugar barons noticed the large numbers of devotees that would gather on the banks of the river, they allocated land to Moodley to build the temple. Since then, the annual trek of the popular Easter Prayer attracts thousands of devotees from around the world.

The Mariamman Temple was a privately owned temple built by Mr Narainsamy in the early 1860s. It is said to be built over a ‘puthu’ or a mount that is believed to be a home of a sacred snake goddess that is a form of Mother Marieamman. For Hindus, forming a temple on these sites is believed to be an auspicious event. The temple at Isipingo was taken over by the wife of Narainsamy and his son when he died in 1914.

In this week’s 1860 feature, Newsbreak spoke to Nariansamy’s great-grandson Sugan Moodley, listen to the SABC Newsbreak podcast here,

Another Hindu temple that is largely popular is the Melrose Temple in Johannesburg. This south Indian Hindu temple was constructed around 125 years ago in the quiet bylanes of Melrose North and arguably the oldest in Gauteng, learn more here

Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus

๐Ÿ“ฃ  Want to stay updated with the latest news? Get your dose of South African Indian and international news, entertainment and celebrity stories when you subscribe to our free newsletter tap here to get started and make life easy and hit follow on Google News

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.