Hanuman idol perched atop pole in Trinidad and Tobago


Port-of-Spain: A massive idol of Lord Hanuman perched atop a pole has been unveiled in Trinidad and Tobago.

The idol was unveiled by Mini-ster of Education Tim Gopeesingh at the Todds Road Hindu Temple in central Trinidad. Rudy Indarsingh, a Minister, was present.

The idol, 12 feet long and 24 feet high, in a flying position is perched on a pole. Abhedanand Persad Sharma, a priest, led the prayers.

There are 500 Hindu temples in Trinidad and Tobago, whose Indian diaspora equals 44 percent of the population of 1.3 million people. Some 24 percent are devout Hindus. About 148,000 Indians came here between 1845 and 1917 to work on the sugar plantations, principally from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Some 10 years ago, an 85-feet tall Lord Hanuman idol was installed at the Dattatreya Center at Carapichaima in central Trinidad.

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