|The temple is very colorful.|
|Paintings on the Temple ceiling|
He wanted us to be sure to visit the Sri Siva Subrahmaniya Swami Temple before going into the town to shop. It is the largest and finest of its kind in the South Pacific. Erected by the local Hindus in 1994, it is of colorful South Indian style with sculptures on the towers. The temple is dedicated to Muruga, the mythical general who led the devas (divinities) to victory over the demons.
We had to don sulas and remove our shoes and our shoulders needed to be covered. The worshipers purchased gifts of special foods that they offered at various places within the temple. Photographs are not to be taken inside the temple, although allowed outside. Our guide explained the various parts and symbols throughout the temple. He also said the foods that are left as offerings are used to feed the homeless. The temple also has a large garden where they grown foods to feed the homeless, as well.
|We couldn't believe this sign on the property adjacent to|
the Hindu Temple. Really!
Of course, we went to the market in Nadi to get fresh produce. Everything if reasonably priced - in fact, it is so inexpensive that I feel guilty paying so little for such fresh good quality! If we had markets like this, I would shop everyday!
|The fresh eggplant here is wonderful. We|
eat it several times a week just sautéed in
coconut or olive oil.
|Everyone has a little bit of something to sell.|
|Always interesting things for sale. I don't know what they|
are, not do I know how to cook some of them.
|The market in Nadi (Nandi), Fiji The mandarin|
oranges are wonderful, but the season ended
before I was able to stock up on them!
|Interesting thins from the sea. I am not eating any of this!|
|More sea creatures for your dining pleasure!|
|Things are a little pricey here! |
And this is the large supermarket.
|Handcarved wooden bowls: Beautiful!|
We also went shopping for some Christmas presents and clothing items. I needed to buy a new waterproof camera since the second one has died on this trip. They just seem to stop taking a charge. I have tried to contact the manufacturers by email, but have had no response.
|Our one souvenir: a carved and inlayed Kava bowl|
|Nadi is a larger city and very busy on a Saturday.|