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Gengaimman Shrine

21 Nigella Rd, Berea, 1909.

Built in 1909, this small wood-and-iron shrine is symbolically dwarfed by huge ficus trees, including a ficus religiosa that is bound with string from ritual circumambulation, the practice of moving around a sacred object. Circumambulation is common to many religions, although the use of string is more specific to Hinduism. Gengaimman is a river goddess, and you’ll notice that the Temple Group at Cato Manor also has a Gengaimman temple. Both temples are located along the course of the  uMkumbaan River. The temple was built over a sacred anthill which still forms the major focus of the temple and is clothed, washed and worshipped as a natural manifestation of Shiva.