Hindu Temple Mombasa, Kenya 2008

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Inside the Hindu Temple

Mombasa is the most diverse citiy for it's size that I have ever visited. I suppose that is partly due to Mombasa's very long history and partly due to the location of the city in an important crossroads of civilization.  One of the attractions that was new to me was the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple on Haile Selassie Road near the center of Mombasa town. This is a very popular tourist spot and on the inside there are temple gurus that will take you on a tour and tell the historical background of the temple. Once we got past the ornately painted and sculptured doors, we went inside to see the paintings and carvings from Hindu mythology displayed on the walls.

I am not capable of describing the beauty of these works of art and even my photographs, which the guide encourges you to take, do not do justice to the beauty of the art. This is a must see attraction for anyone visiting Mombasa even if you are not an art lover.

Inside the Hindu Temple
Just from the mechanical standpoint of the carvings alone, it is well worth your time to visit this attraction. We spent about 2 hours there but we stopped and talked a lot.

There are two Hindu Temples in Mombasa, the other one being the Lord Shiva Hindu Temple, near Jamhuri Park. This temple has a huge gold spire and is reported to have a very interesting sculpture garden. This will be one of my tours on my next trip to Mombasa.

Both of these temples are easy to find and close to city center.

Inside the Hindu Temple
 You can take any cab and the driver will know the location. Or you can go to any bookstore on Moi Avenue which is like Main Street, buy a city map and talk a healthy walking tour. This works best in cooler weather. After we had been in Mombasa a few days we started taking the tuk-tuks, the three wheeled motorized cabs that fly around Mombasa's city's streets at all hours of the day. It is less expensive than a cab and fun too. Be careful that you don't get overcharged though, it usually costs about 100 to 200 Kenya shillings for a ride depending on the distance. That was about $1.50 to $3.00 USD when I was there. It is wise to ask the price first to help prevent over charging. Some of the drivers think it is fun to go fast and try and frighten you but just tell them loudly to "slow down or no tip" and that usually helped bring them down to subsonic speed.

 

angel says:
Wow it sure is beautiful! IF ever I get the chance it will be a must see tour for me. But that ppink and white swatiska like painting gave me the chills.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009
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Inside the Hindu Temple
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