Tin Hau Temple, Shau Kei Wan
Tin Hau (天后) who is also called Matsu (Mother-Ancestor)(媽祖) was a native of Fujian Province. She met a Taoist priest at the age of 13 who taught her how to predict the future and help those who were sick and weak. It was said that she travelled about the sea on a mattress made of reed to save the people who were being drowned. People therefore looked upon her as the goddess for safety on the sea.
The temple was originally situated on a slope with its front part facing the sea. This sort of "Fung Shui" orientation is common among all Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong. The main hall is at the back of the main building which are flanked by side halls.
Historical & Cultural Relics
A stone tablet with inscriptions about the reconstruction of the temple is still kept in the temple. The temple houses murals, woodcarvings, wall paintings and Shek Wan pottery that were made over a hundred years ago. In front of the image of Tin Hau, there are two exquisitely made figurines which, according to folk tales, have supernatural eyesight and hearing respectively.
Apart from the main deity of Tin Hau, the temple also houses Kwan Tai (God of War), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Lui Cho (One of the Eight Immortals) and Wong Tai Sin (A God of Medicine).
Tin Hau Festival
Tin Hau Festival falls on the 23rd day of the third lunar month. On that day, worshippers prepare sumptuous offerings at the temple, hoping that Tin Hau can bring them good weather and harvests, health and prosperous life.
This temple has undergone renovations in 1876, 1902, 1920, 1948 and 2005 respectively.