Hindu temples open doors in Western Australia, Malaysia
Thursday, January 31, 2013IWK Bureau
Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir) Perth opened in Bennett Springs after six days of Murti Pratistha Mahotsav (ceremony to establish the sanctum sanctorum), which ended on January 14.
Celebrations included hawan, poojas, kathas, aartis, kirtan and rang utsav. Colin Barnett, Western Australia Premier, reportedly attended the opening ceremony.
Statesman from Nevada, USA and President of the Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed, on Friday, applauded the efforts of the temple-project leaders and the Indian community on successfully completing the temple project.
“It is important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to younger people in an increasingly consumerist society”, he said and added that he has high hopes that this this new temple would focus on improving the spiritual lives of people.
There are approximately 12,000 Hindus in Western Australia, a mix of diverse nationalities. Having made Australia their home, many are originally from India, Fiji, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Kenya and Malaysia. Their common faith is a single point of convergence which greatly contributes to their sense of belonging and identity.
Similarly, Putrajaya, the seat of Malaysia government, will have its first Hindu temple in the near future. Expected to be completed in 2015, this unique one-of-a-kind first Lalithambikai temple in the country, inspired by the elements of South and North India temples, will serve about 10,000 area Hindus. Construction will begin in September. Project leaders plan to include 10-20 special pillars in the complex which will ring when tapped, reports add.
Hinduism is believed to be the oldest religion in the world and is known as Sanatana (one without a beginning or an end) Dharma (faith). Closer to home, Hindus are the second largest faith-based community in New Zealand as per the 2006 census. Manukau was once dubbed “Hindu capital of New Zealand” by a former Mayor of the city.