Deep within the heart of the central city of Hue lies Hue Nam, also known as Hon Chen Temple. This sacred space was once dedicated to the worship of Thien Y A Na, the revered goddess of the Champa people.
The legend tells of Thien Y A Na’s creation of the Earth, and her connection to precious agarwood and rice, symbolized by fragrant frankincense and agarwood. Her benevolence even extends to the sweet scent of rice, inspiring the planting of bodhi trees.
Marking the seventh lunar month, the Hue Nam Temple Festival holds great significance for both the locals and their cultural heritage. This annual event, held from August 23 to 25 this year, not only preserves but also showcases the rich traditions that define the ancient capital.
The festival features captivating moments, including a sacred procession, vibrant rituals, and participants dressed as ethereal fairies.
The homage ritual, a central part of the festivities, is a fascinating sight to behold. Even a foreign visitor gets to partake in the blessings during this special moment.
Hue Nam Temple stands as a testament to the enduring cultural and spiritual connections that bring people together, bridging the past with the present.