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75 Years Of Temple History
For seven consecutive nights, ending on August 17, the Sant Nagar Hindu Temple (SNHT), in the town of Sangre Grande, celebrated 75 years of its establishment. During the closing decades of the 19th century, Indian indentured labourers were brought to the area surrounding Sangre Grande to work on the cocoa, coffee and citrus plantations.
At the end of their indentureship many set up roots, developing their own homes and villages, continuing in the practice of their religion, which they were able to preserve. One such village which evolved due to the internal migration of the Indians in Sangre Grande was Sukhram Village. In 1938 the Hindus in this village erected the first Hindu temple in north-eastern Trinidad at the corner of Evelyn Street and Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande, in a bid to satisfy their growing spiritual and cultural needs.
During the 1940s a Koutia was added. This took the form of an open carat shed, supported by wooden posts. The Koutia served as a congregational hall where devotees usually gathered to witness ceremonies and rituals. Until the 1940s the temple was unofficially known as the Sukhram Village Temple. It later became known as the Shiwala in the 1950s with the installation of the Shiva murti by Dr Sharma from India. After joining the Maha Sabha it was decided that the name would be the Sant Nagar Hindu Temple.
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