BY MEGHA SHARMA
Australia is one of those continents with which India shares not only a sport tie of cricket, hockey or others, but the land serves as a strong threshold for Indian students to pursue their studies with immense scope in the later years of their life. Recently, a survey suggested how Australia is becoming the most favourite destination for Indians who seek to settle abroad. Thus, it becomes crucial for such a place to have religious centres for almost 17% of its population and when this population carries a cultural baggage of a rich religious background. Herein, it is significant to know the most renowned temples of hindu origins which is for their idol worship.
The temple is situated in Western Suburbs of Melbourne and is one of the highest visited sites by Indians. It has three shrines within the premises of Lord Ganesh, shivalinga and Parvathi and Lord Murugan. The building was completed in 1999 and also encompasses other worshiped deities by Hindus. Thus, it becomes a traditional Indian embodiment with all its pluralities.
Durga devsthanam temple
This Devi temple describes the utter importance of female deities in India. The temple trust arranges festivals at certain important dates and thus the Indians out there never lose the essence of their land. It is situated in the city where the maximum number of Indians reside, Sidney. It was sanctified in late 2002 and celebrates the much awaited Navratri festival annually.
Shiva Vishnu temple
The temple has a unique story of its inauguration. Crossing all the barriers put to defy its construction, the temple legally came into force in 1994. The place is in the suburbs of Carrum Downs and is the largest one in the Victoria city of Australia. It has a prominent place in the heart of all the devotees. People come to Melbourne from far and wide places to visit the place.
Sri Shakti temple
The temple is a crucial construction from the people of Fijian island. It was built in Sydney in the Old Windsor road in the early 90’s on the Indian ideals of dharma and karma. The place hosts hundreds of people in their annual festival. It was built by a non-profit organisation and they offer time to time cultural programmes in which one can indulge and become the part of the support system.
Sydney murugan temple
This piece of art is a picture of the south Indian god murugan (an avatar of lord Vishnu). Though it acknowledges the deity but also celebrates different other gods. It also works on the principles of Shaiva doctrines, a branch of the bhakti movement which celebrates the incarnate god. It is situated near the Westmead railway station. One cannot miss the artistry in the construction of this work.
Sri Venketeswara temple
The consecration of this temple was done in 1978 with the increasing Indian population and was built with the usage of the Agama Shastra. Also famous as the HELENSBURGH temple (as it is placed there), it defines the cultural heritage of Indians and is a delight to see while the annual festivals are performed.
One sees how the overseas has accepted the Indian multiculturalist tendency and the idea of tolerance is accepted all over the world. All these temples schemes were initiated by different Indians whose contribution in this scattering of the culture cannot be forgotten. Not only do these temples serve as a place to visit and worship, in addition to that various socio-cultural programmes and events like learning of an Indian language or arrangements of wedding ceremonies also take place to promote Indian togetherness .