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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gurkha Temple in Serria Brunei

Ghurkhas are born soldiers .hailing from Nepal they are known for their prowess in the fighting arts and also for their fearlessness ,the knives they carry known as Kukri are their symbols .
From the times that Britain ruled India they have been part of the British army and the English could always rely on their loyalty .
The Gurkha Reserve Unit  is a special guard force in the Sultanate of Brunei.
 Unit members are all British Army veterans.
There are two temples in Brunei both in the Ghurkha army camps ,one  in the capital and the other in Serria around 70km from Bandar Seri Begawan
Serria is also famous for being an oil town
,it was here that oil was discovered first in Brunei and the town has a lot of oil derricks nodding its heads day and night along with offshore installations .
The town also has lovely cottages some built in Canadian fashion with imported Canadian logs mostly for the Shell employees .
The temple itself was quite and serene
.one entered into a small corridor of hanging bells on the left was the famous Dollar Ganapati known because so because devotees believed that praying to him with a dollar would grant their wishes and there were lot of Brunei one dollar bills on his feet !
then there were the navagrahas under a nice tree
there was a Shiva lingha next
The main hall had a collection of deities  the central one  goddess Durga .
The big hall had nice seats to rest and pray ,on the other end was a Buddhist corner with flower bedecked photos of the Bodhisattva .
The whole place was kept neat and pristine and many Indians visited the temple
there also was a big Supaa save mall nearby with a wide collection of shopping solace

after the spiritual solace


Ujwal Unni said...

Calm and serene place

Horace said...


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