Travel Pics Theme: On the Road Again! Jimboomba Hindu Temple

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

For the next six weeks or so, we’re on the road again – with a trip to the US to see our daughter Lini, and son in law Joe.

Then we are heading off on a train, then a road trip, and a cruise … so we’ll be posting pics from our travels as they happen, rather than an alphabetical theme.

But we don’t actually head off until today – so we have no pics from this trip. Yet.

So here’s a little something I snapped on Friday.

When I visit the Jimboomba Toastmasters Club (I’m ‘Area Director’ for a series clubs including that one), I drive past this fascinating looking Hindu temple. But normally it’s too late to drop in, or I am on my way to a meeting and can’t spare the time.

But I had occasion to pass by the Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil around mid-morning – so I stopped to take a closer look.

It’s a Tamil temple, dedicated largely to the elephant-headed God Ganesh (the Vinayakar in the name comes from a famous poem about Ganesh, and the term Koyil is Tamil for temple – built in the Dravidian style, with a rising pyramid shape.)

It was built about a quarter of a century ago, to service the growing Tamil population in south-east Queensland.

Normally, you aren’t allowed to photograph inside a Hindu temple – but I was told it was fine, as long as I didn’t focus on the deities in their individual shrines (besides Ganesh there are also shrines to Krishna, of course, along with Siva, Vishnu and Navagraha.

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Interior, Sri Selva Vinayakar koyil, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Icons, Sri Selva Vinayakar koyil, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Exterior, Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Glass ceiling, Sri Selva Vinayakar koyil, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Sacred Cow, Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil, South Maclean

Sri Selva Vinayakar, South Maclean

Interior, Sri Selva Vinayakar Koyil, South Maclean

 

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