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Temple in the Sea at Waterloo

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Temple in the Sea at Waterloo

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Myles D wrote a review Feb 2020
Whitehorse, Canada303 contributions67 helpful votes
The story behind this place is really interesting and I encourage you to read more about it. The place itself was very impressive as well and relatively easy to get to. There were a lot of people there the day we went because of a funeral, which was taking place in the adjacent parking lot. A large funeral pyre burned as music blasted from speakers - it was a bit disturbing to the senses but I guess this is how they carry out their funerals there. The temple grounds were peaceful and serene. Just a note that we went during low tide and the surrounding area was a bit of an eye sore, it was just muddy and dirty to be honest. I'd recommend finding out when high tide is. Other than that it was a very peaceful place and we're glad we went.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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RossBlake wrote a review Feb 2020
Cranbrook, Canada885 contributions82 helpful votes
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The history of the Temple in the Sea is one of perseverance and a legal loophole, not a common tale around temples. The temple, also called the Waterloo Temple, was the dream of one man - Sewdass Sadhu. As an indentured labourer immigrant from India, living in the village of Waterloo with other immigrants from India, he wanted a place to worship. During his free time, he built his own temple. He built the first temple in 1947, but the government at the time had not allowed it and five years after it was built, it was torn down. Sewdass was told that he was not allowed to build a temple on the land. So he got creative. After work hours, he moved rocks by hand and on bicycle reclaiming land at low tide. He did by hand for 25 years and ultimately didn’t finish before his death. The government decided in 1995 to finish the project and dedicate it to him on the 150th anniversary of Indian people arriving in Trinidad and Tobago. We visited the temple as part of a day trip with Sensational Tours and Transport. The temple was shut when we visited, but that simply didn’t let us go inside the physical building. We were still free to walk around the reclamation and look into the temple from the outside. From the temple you can see Port of Spain and even Venezuela on clear days. I found the story beautiful, and also sad that Sewdass never saw the finished project. The temple is worth a stop at to understand the size of the project, and also for the views into the ocean. However, it’s not worth a standalone trip by any means. I was actually slightly underwhelmed when I got there, having seen some photography with some clever angles. Walking out to the temple on the reclaimed path gives you an understanding of the extend of one man’s sacrifice for his religion. The gardens are maintained well and the temple itself looked like it would be picturesque for ceremonies. The temple is surrounded by flags, called Jhandis, a Hindu practice that is unique to the Caribbean I’ve been told, and not practiced in India. They are coloured to represent prayers to different gods, each assigned a specific colour. There are photos showing the modest temple that originally in this place, but regardless it is a truly powerful tale.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Basil B wrote a review Dec 2019
Albany, New York222 contributions76 helpful votes
In a land where all religious beliefs and cultures meld into a single, affable pot, this site represents just one facet of exemplary tolerance. This is an Hindu temple similar to that which is to be expected during a visit to India. Clean, well-maintained and popular with locals.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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GolfGuy777 wrote a review Jul 2019
Wilmington, DE182 contributions40 helpful votes
Our tour guide took us here. We would have never gone otherwise and we are so glad we did. The history/story of this site is amazing in regards to the original temple. The vistas of the water around it is extraordinary. Do consider going here. You will not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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gillespierandy wrote a review Feb 2019
Conception Bay South, Canada22 contributions1 helpful vote
The Temple in the Sea is a lovely Hindu temple built on a spit of land off the central west coast of Trinidad. There is a cremation site there and we were lucky enough to arrive just as a cremation ceremony was beginning.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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