Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple
That morning, I woke up to a long weekend in India and it meant a day off in Hong Kong. Usual breakfast and daily chores followed and once I was alone, I started reading about nearby places to visit in the vicinity. When you want to have a day that brings to you something new, things do fall in place.
I had read about Man Mo temple somewhere and hence thought of checking up more details on the internet. To my luck, the oldest and the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong was at a walking distance from where we were staying. You are reading it right – Man Mo is the name of Gods and there are many small Man Mo temples in Hong Kong. The one I am talking about is a declared monument of Hong Kong and very famous among worshipers.
- Man Tai – God of Literature
- Mo Tai – God of War
The temple compound has not one but three blocks – Man Mo temple, Lit Shing Kung for the worship of all heavenly gods and Kung So is an assembly hall where community affairs and disputes were settled in olden days and serves as a prayer hall in the present times.
Most of the temples in Hong Kong open at 8 am in the morning and I reached there little before noon. Being a working day, the place wasn’t very crowded and I had ample time to spend, read through the information, observe the locals worshiping and go around for a round of pictures.
Those spiral coils of incense give a heavenly smell to the entire place. I realized very late that it was actually incense and not some bamboo decoration and it looked very beautiful in that natural and lamp light.
The feel of being able to sit in a compound that was built over 150 years ago gets you grounded to the reality and that’s what happened to me. God has no shape or name. No religion can really define what God or a higher power means to someone else. It’s the faith that we are being looked upon keeps us going.
This temple was never on my travel plans but having visited this place, I will surely recommend this to you on your trip to Hong Kong. Would you like to see something like this?