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Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple

Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple Review

One of Durban's most spectacular Hindu shrines is in Cato Manor. The temple's facade is adorned with brightly painted representations of the Hindu gods, notably Ganesha, Shiva, and Vishnu. The magnificent doors leading to the cellar were salvaged from a temple built in 1875 on the banks of the Umbilo River and subsequently destroyed by floods. During an important Hindu festival held annually in March, unshod fire walkers cross beds of burning, glowing coals. There are no set visiting hours. If the temple is open you'll be welcome to go inside; if not, the exterior of the building is still worth seeing. To get here, take the M13 (from Leopold Street) out of the city; at the major fork in road after Westridge Park and the high school, veer left onto Bellair Road.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 890 Bellair Rd., Cato Manor, Durban, 4091 | Map It
  • Phone: /
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Hrs. vary
  • Location: Durban

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