Mariamman Temple Pretoria, South Africa

Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Pretoria, South Africa. Popularly known as Pretoria Tamil Sangam Mariamman Temple (Tamil: பிரிட்டோரியா தமிழ் சங்கம் மாரியம்மன் கோயில் ), this Hindu shrine was establised in 1905. The temple located in the suburb of Marabastad is a provincial Heritage Site which has undergone various renovations over the years.

Mariamman Temple in Pretoria, South Africa

Marieamman Temple Marabastad

The Marieamman Temple was built in 1933 by efforts of many devoted, hardworking individuals across the broader Hindu society during the early days of settlement of Indians in Pretoria. The efforts of the late Mr. G. Krishnan and other stalwarts against great adversity is testimony to their contribution. The temple has been a beacon of solidarity for members of the Asiatic bazaar community prior to the expropriation of the residents to Laudium and other areas.

The Maraimman Temple lies at the entrance of Marabastad in 6th Street, close to the business district of Pretoria, the University of Pretoria, Loftus Versfeld stadium and many popular tourist attractions.

The temple signifies the importance of the Indian community which became integrated into areas of Marabastad, and is a popular tourist attraction among local and international tourists.

Although all services are open the greater public, the temple also occasionally do private ceremonies.

The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, the goddess who followers of Hinduism believe controls smallpox and other infectious diseases.

Address: 323 6th St, Asiatic Bazaar, Pretoria, 0183, South Africa
Phone: +27 12 358 1430

Photos Courtesy Israel Moagi

Nearest Airport:

Wonderboom National Airport, located north of Sinoville, is the nearest airbase to reach Pretoria Mariamman Temple. The distance between the airport and the temple is 23 min (15.1 km) via M1.

Dress Code :The basic dress code when visiting temple is shoulders must be covered (easily done with a scarf or a shawl) and trousers or skirts must cover at least knees.

Pretoria Marieamman Temple Marabastad

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