Another Hindu temple has been vandalised, this time in Carli Bay.
Pundit Satyanand Maharaj has said that after Navratri service last night members of the mandir secured their Kali Mata temple in Carli Bay and headed home.
Navratri is the holiest time to worship the Divine Mother Goddess.
"Today they woke to find the mandir broken into and their murti or consecrated image of the Divine Mother destroyed and smeared with olive oil! A warning from Exodus 20:3-4 was painted on the outside. A report was made to the Couva Police Station, however, no receipt for the report was issued by the TTPS," he said.
Exodus is a book in the Holy Bible and chapter 20, verses 3-4 read, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
Maharaj added, "While Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-religious country where we all enjoy freedom of worship, it seems that some people are bent on destroying the peaceful co-existence that religious groups enjoy. This act of violence under the guise of Christianity must be condemned by all people of Faith."
He said a call has gone out in this Navratri to help restore this simple and humble shrine in the quickest possible time.
"Service will continue nightly. Kali Mata is more than a murti, she is a philosophy for successful living. She is the granter of miracles. Members have vowed to continue to worship and will not be intimidated by misguided persons," he said.