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Temple in the sea is a great story of human perseverance, personal sacrifice, and enduring efforts of Sewdass Sadhu. He was born in India in 1903 and arrived in Trinidad with his parents as an indentured worker. He worked at the Waterloo Sugar Estate. That time there were no Hindu temples in Trinidad. Being a devout Hindu, he wished if he could visit temples in India. With extremely low salary trip to India then was difficult. So he first built a temple on unused swamp land of a private estate which was destroyed by land owner. He was jailed and fined. Finally in 1948 he decided to build a temple in the sea which allowed him to construct it without anyone’s permission. Because sea was not anybody's property. With his limitless spirit and just one bicycle as means of transportation, he tirelessly worked alone for next 20 years reclaiming land in the sea, creating a passage with bricks, stone, cement and sand. With his efforts, a single story temple stood in the sea at about 500 feet from the shore. In 1970, Sadhu passed away while on a personal trip to India. After a passage of time, the temple gave in to neglect and sea erosion. In 1994 TT Government decided to build a permanent temple as a part of plan to commemorate 150th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. What we see today is that new structure.
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