Trinidad was once a sugar producing colony and following the abolition of slavery in 1834, indentured labourers were brought to the island from India to work the sugar cane fields of central Trinidad. The descendants of these industrious people mostly inhabit the central part of the island where their awe inspiring architecture and vibrant culture and religious practises are alive and thriving.
The Temple by the Sea in Waterloo, central Trinidad is a must visit. Constructed by a humble farmer called Seedas Sadhu in honour of this faith the Hindu temple has become a tourist destination on the island. It gives visitors a window into East Indian culture and proves a photographer’s favourite.
The Hanuman Murti located a few miles away in Carapichaima is an 85-foot statute of a Hindu God that took two years to construct and was consecrated in 2003. The red and pink structure depicts a monkey general called Hanuman and is said to be the tallest statue of the murti (god) outside of India. It stands majestically near a temple and yoga center.