Dattatreya Yoga Center and Mandir (Karya Siddhi Hanuman)
Situated on the temple ground is the tallest (85 feet) Lord Hanuman statue in the Western Hemisphere completed in 2001. The statue was designed and constructed by T. Subramanian Sthapathi (Chief Architect) from Chennai.
Hanuman is known as the best warrior among the Hindu gods since he protected the others from evil. He is considered the most revered disciple of Lord Rama for his efforts and bravery in defeating Ravan and assisting Lord Ram, Seeta and Ram’s brother Lakshman. Devotees pray to him for strength, courage and protection. His magnificence is a reminder to all devotees that they should grow in height spiritually.
The structure of the temple was built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India. Two gray concrete elephants provide water for devotees to wash their feet before entering the main mandir at the northern side. The inside of the dome has seven stages of graded architecture, with numerous figures of musicians playing the various types of musical instruments in seven different colors. This is symbolic of inviting a guest into the main hall of the big mandir. The same architectural style is evident inside the mandir dedicated to Lord Dattatreya. Inside the main mandir there are several smaller ones dedicated especially to Lord Dattatreya, Lord Siva and to the Mother Goddess.
Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, under the inspiration, guidance and blessings of His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji, has developed a program of religious instruction and personality development for children and youth called Bala Datta. In Bala Datta classes, children learn religious practices, prayers, bhajans, the significance of holy days, and spiritual values. They read Ramayana and other religious scriptures. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention. The teachers are dedicated volunteers who are knowledgeable and experienced to impart religious values to children. Sri Swamiji's vision for Bala Datta is to make children grow up spiritually and inspire them to be Good Human beings.
From Piarco International Airport the temple is 33.5 KM.
How to get to the temple from Port of Spain:
Proceed south on the highway. Continue in a southerly direction passing the Chaguanas Flyover then past the Chase Village Flyover until you’re at the Freeport flyover. (Note a “flyover”, is Trini for overpass)
Turn off the highway on the left and take a right turn which will take you below the highway. Continue driving until you reach an intersection with traffic lights. You proceed straight across the intersection.
Drive for about 5 minutes until you reach a field on the left after a school.
From here you can make a right to see the Yoga Center/Hanuman Murti or turn left and drive until the road ends at the “Temple in the Sea”.
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