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Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs
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.
- Temple History
- How To Reach The Temple
- Daily Poojas And Festivals
- Additional Information
On Saraswarthi Pooja day in 1982, organised by the Ceylon Tamil association at Hedgely Dean Court in Glen Iris the Hindu Society of Victoria was officially launched. The newly elected MC immediately swung into action and organised monthly prayer meetings at the Prahran Migrant Resource Center on the last Saturday of each month. The first prayer meeting was held on the last Saturday in November 1982 at 6.00 PM. On 21 June, 1984 the Hindu Society became an incorporated body after duly adopting a constitution. The principal objective of the constitution was the building of a traditional Hindu Temple in Victoria.
In March 1984 it was decided to purchase a piece of land in the Whittlesea or Springvale areas. A block of land at Whittlesea and another at Carrum Downs were identified according to agama shastras as they specify that Shiva temples are acquisition of land built on virgin lands. The society bought the land of 14.35 acres at Carruin Downs for $72,300. The MC members among themselves raised about $11,000. Pledges for interest free loans were obtained from other members of the Society. A ten-year loan of $45,000 was secured from the State Bank of Victoria. The balance of the required money was raised through additional interest free loans. Thanks to the generosity of the members and well wishers, the loan was repaid within 18 months.
Through a process of discussion ultimately it was decided to have Sri Shiva and Vishnu both as presiding deities adjacent to each other and with two ‘moolasthanams’. The first pooja at the temple – the groundbreaking ceremony was performed in early 1986. A ‘Bhoomi Pooja’ ceremony was performed to invoke tho blessings of the Gods. From then onwards events like Thai Pongal, Hindu New Year, Diwali etc. began to be celebrated at the Shiva Vishnu temple site.
The design work, which started in 1987, provided for two main shrines – those of Sri Shiva and Sri Vishnu with two separate entrances or Rajagopurams. The other separate shrines were those associated with these deities. These were – Sn Ambal, Sri Ganapathy, Sri Chandikeswar and Sri Subramaniam with Sri Shiva. The Shrines of Sri Mahalakshmi, Sri Andal, Sri Ram, Sri Lakshman and Sri Sita, Sri Gopalkrishna and Sri Hanuman were those associated with Sri Vishnu. In addition, the shrine of Navagrahas, Kodisthambam, Nanthi, Palipeidam and Garudan were included. Another shrine was provided for to keep the Utsawa Moorthies. An application for a planning permit was submitted to the Springvale Council in 1987 and the permit was issued on 5 January 1988. The building permit was issued in 1989. This work along with the access road was the preliminary part of the project and costed $20,000.
The foundation stones (‘Pancha-shila’) were cut in India and blessed by the chief priests of the famous temples in India and used for the ‘foundation stone laying’ ceremony on 5 June 1988. Before the building operations commenced, in Keeping with traditional beliefs, an idol of ‘Bhairavar’ and ‘Pillaiyar’ and a few other deities were installed at the temple grounds.
A decision was taken early in 1990 to construct a temporary building at the temple grounds. The first pooja at this ‘temporary sanctuary’ was held on 6 May 1990. For some time the prayer meetings at Prahran continued alongside the activities at the ‘temporary sanctuary’. The last prayer meeting at Prahran took place on May 30, 1992. Poojas were performed at the temporary temple an Fridays and Sundays. Collections from poojas surprised even the cynics. The building permit was issued on 25 January 1990. The project was divided into five stages, the last of which, under the first phase was the construction of the Rajagopurams. Cost estimates for the first phase was about $1.25m. In October, 1990, after procuring connection of all necessary services to the site, the first stage of the project viz., excavation work commenced. This was followed by the reinforced concrete work to the foundations, slabs, columns etc.
There was a lull in the building activity while the Society was busy organizing the finance necessary to continue with the project. The Society clinched a deal with the then State Bank of Victoria for a loan of A$150,000 (originally $100,000 and subsequently increased to $150,000) and an overdraft facility of A$60,000. In April 1992 building activity re-commenced with the erection of roof steel frames, external block wells, windows, electrical and plumbing conduits etc. On 20 November 1992, the Sthapathi and his team of eight artisans arrived from India and commenced work on the Shrines. Sri Shiva Shrine was the first to be built followed by the Shrine of Sri Vishnu. Concrete pillars changed into Shrines while sculptured vimanams, rising above aluminum members, could be seen by passing motorists on the Frankston-Dandenong road. A batch of six additional artisans arrived from India in January 1994 to accelerate the pace of construction in order to meet the Maha Kumbhabhishakam deadline of May 1994. By about the beginning of May a beautiful temple stood high above the tall trees on virgin soil not far from the famous Patterson Lakes of Carrurn Downs. Between 1992-1996, the peak construction period, in excess of a million dollars was raised. During this peiod, Society successfully fmalized an interest free loan of hid Rs 1,000,000 from the Thirumals Thirupathy Devasthanam (TTD).
The Shiva Vishnu temple is present at Carrum Downs, Victoria. One can reach there by using their own vehicles. Kananook Station is the nearest rail head present. Victoria Airport is the nearest airport present at the temple.
Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, Victoria
Shiva Vishnu Temple Timings
Monday to Friday
07:30 AM to 12:05 PM
04:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Weekends and Holidays
07:30 AM to 01:05 PM
04:00 PM to 09:00 PM
The running of the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple is in the hands of the management committee of the Hindu Society of Victoria. There are a number of sub-committees e.g. Finance, Temple Building, Maintenance, Corporate Affairs etc. to advise the management committee in various matters. The Hindu Society has a membership of over 1000 with representation from the various Hindu ethnic groups living in Australia. Membership is open to all that subscribe to the objectives of the Society. Management committee members are elected annually, The Hindu Society has appointed a Manager and an assistant manager who are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the temple.