Photo Story: Trinidad’s Temple in the Sea

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Temple in the Sea  shameel  hosein - TEMPLE BY THE SEA (2)

LEFT PHOTO BY: Nadine Eversley                                                     RIGHT PHOTO BY: Shameel Hosein – SOFTBOX Studios Ltd.

NATIVEFOTO CONTRIBUTORS: Here we have our amateur photographer Nadine delivering a classy Black and White photo of the famous Temple in the Sea. I still bet that Nadine would have loved to share a Helicopter ride with Shameel to experience what must have been a special view. We look forward to further images from our highlighted Contributors to add to our Local Stock Image database at A good story can help us appreciate what we have captured and frozen, immune from erosion due to the elements of time. Trinidad’s Temple in the Sea is one such story that will not be washed away with the passing tide. Read on to understand why.


Below are extracts taken from the full original article at: Destination360

“For those visiting Chaguanas and the west-central coast of Trinidad, the Temple in the Sea at Waterloo is an attraction that you’ll do well to include on the itinerary. Constructed in 1947 by a zealous Indian laborer named Seedas Sadhu, the original Waterloo Temple met a quick demise at the hands of the government. Sadhu would not be deterred from realizing his ultimate goal of erecting a sacred Hindu temple on the coast, however, and he again took to the task. Some called Sadhu mad at the time, but it’s not likely that those people realized how prolific his temple would become. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it, and the Waterloo Temple in Trinidad is a fine example of human persistence”.

“Unfortunately, when Sadhu finished the original temple in 1947, it quickly became a bone of contention with the state operated Caroni sugar company. Because the first Temple in the Sea at Waterloo was built on Caroni lands, it was razed just five years after being erected. Sadhu was even jailed for fourteen days over the entire matter, just to add insult to injury, but the experience would only serve to fuel his inner fire.

Proud, and more determined than ever, Seedas Sadhu quickly began work on a new Temple in the Sea at Waterloo, dedicating the next 25 years of his life to the endeavor. This time, he would build it in the sea, for all intents and purposes, which freed him from having to get permission from the government or anyone else. With just a bicycle and a leather bag, Sadhu transported stones to the shore to build a small island for the base of the new Waterloo Temple. Once the base was finished, cement was used for the main structure. The octagonal, one-story temple was partly damaged due to erosion from the sea, and it seemed that perhaps the sacred shrine would remain incomplete. In 1994, however, the Trinidad and Tobago government wanted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the coming of Indians to the country, and part of the plan involved finishing Sadhu’s temple. Government workers were enlisted, and they even added a pier to make sure that the Waterloo Temple could easily be accessed during high tide. At low tide, the Temple of the Seat in Waterloo is surrounded by mud flats. To this day, Hindus in the area use the Waterloo Temple for various religious ceremonies, including weddings, burials (cremations), and puja ceremonies, which involve gifting things to the gods”.

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  1. Jennifer Stene-Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 6:28 am


  2. Dustin-Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Spectacular black and white with the sky backdrop. Also the aerial shot brings out the colour and beauty of the temple

  3. August 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    See what a little determination could do? These are gorgeous photos Derek but this place is even more beautiful in person. I highly recommend a visit if you’ve never been.

  4. NativeFoto Admin-Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Hey V and Dustin, I certainly agree, the pictures speak for themselves. Believe it or not, I haven’t been but will certainly go before the end of 2015.
    Thanks for your comments 🙂

  5. Gordon-Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I have been to the temple many times. It should be kept in good condition and respected for what it represents. Truly a testament to persistence because this temple could of been placed anywhere else but would not get the same level of respect it has achieved.

  6. Angali Hosein-Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    This is just gorgeous…. such a lovely country we live in…. where every creed and race find an equal place…


  7. August 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Fabulous shots – been wanting to visit forever. Now will certainly make the effort

  8. P.Sawh-Reply
    August 10, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Great photos! Beautiful aerial view, I’ve never seen it from this perspective.

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