Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents. Australia is a multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural country. Nearly a hundred nationalities live in Australia and nearly a hundred languages are spoken. Australians have the freedom to express and practice their diverse religious beliefs in an environment that is both accepting and tolerant. . Here is a list of the 7 most famous Hindu temples in Australia.
1. SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE : SRI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE is an Australian Hindu temple located at Helensburgh, New South Wales. The small, isolated town of Helensburgh may seem like an odd choice for the location of such an important religious landmark, but it was chosen in 1978 as an abode for Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Lakshmi in accordance with Vedic principles. The temple is built on top of a hilly area 400 feet above sea level.This temple is one of the most popular and impressive Hindu temples in the Southern Hemisphere, drawing visitors and Hindu devotees from all over New South Wales, and the rest of Australia.
2. SYDENEY MURUGAN TEMPLE : Lord Murukan in the state of NSW resides at Mays Hill, a local eminence in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. The Lord is popularly known as ‘Sydney Murugan’. Murugan or Muruka is a popular Hindu deity among Tamil Hindus, and is worshipped primarily in South India and Sri-Lanka. He is the God of war and the patron deity of the Tamil land (Tamil Nadu). According to the Tamil devotional work, “Murugan never hesitates to come to the aid of a devotee when called upon in piety or distress”. Sydney Murugan Temple is the bigest tepmple in the region. The primary object of The Saiva Manram is to provide forum, place premises and or facilities for the worship, prayer, teachings.
3. SRI SHAKTI TEMPLE : Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural and Educational Centre was established in Old Toongabbie in 2010. The founders of Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural and Educational Centre are originally from the island nation of Fiji. Sydney Shakti Temple was established to ensure the longevity of these unique sacred practises. Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural & Education Centre of Hindu Society of NSW; a non-profit organization whose mission includes “providing an opportunity for understanding and promoting Hinduism…”; opens everyday and organizes daily aarti; monthly Durga pooja, hawan and abhisekam; and celebrates Hanuman Jayanti, Thaipoosam and Kavadi Pooja.
4. SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE : The Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple is located in the suburb of Carrum Downs in the state of Victoria, Australia . This temple is the largest Hindu temple in Victoria. Worship at the temple is centered on Shiva and Vishnu, the presiding deities of two dominant streams in the Hindu ritualistic tradition. The temple, built and designed in South Indian – Dravidian architecture, attempts to bring the two streams together and provide a synthesis. The Hindu Society of Victoria (HSV) was founded in 1982 and has a current membership of around 2,000 members. The HSV’s spiritual and cultural precinct was established in 15 acres of land at Carrum Downs, Victoria. Construction of the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple began thereafter. On completion of the building the temple was consecrated in 1994. This is, now, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Devotees in thousands regularly attend its various Pooja Ceremonies and Festival Celebrations each year. Many of them have recorded attendances in excess of 15,000 people.
5. SYDNEY DURGA DEVSTHANAM TEMPLE : Devasthanam is a non-profit religious organization registered in 2002 in NSW. In October 2002, The Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam was inaugurated to maintain the Hindu Religion and to maintain the Hindu culture in the community. The main objectives of the Devasthanam are to worship Goddess Durga, to promote Hinduism and to help disadvantaged people. The organization aims to impart religious, educational and cultural values of Hinduism to our community and future generations.
6. SRI VAKRATUNDA PILLAIYAR TEMPLE : Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar temple was the first traditional Hindu temple to be established in Melbourne, 1992. Since then the temple has fulfilled the spiritual and cultural aspirations of thousands of Hindus in Victoria.
7. MELBOURNE MURUGAN TEMPLE : Melbourne Murugan Temple at Sunshine is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne. This center is the fruit of ardent devotees of Murukan who so desired to build a dedicated temple for their beloved god. The trust to build the temple was formed in 1995, then temple project was launched and the first stage of the temple was completed in January 1999. Currently the statues of Lord Murukan with Teyvanai and Valli and Vinayakar are held in a hall where a resident priest conducts puja and abishekam. Idols of Navagraham are enshrined too. Melbourne Murukan Cultural Center manages this temple and endeavors to build a fully-fledged traditional style temple in the near future. This center attracts devotees from far and wide.