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The Sri Vishnu Thurkkai Amman is a Hindu temple located in the municipality of Dürnten in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland.
Sri Vishnu Thurkkai Amman Temple
In the 1990s, an interreligious society was established in the canton of Zürich to support the foundation of a centre for spiritual and cultural care of Tamil people in Switzerland, as well as to preserve and maintain the Tamil culture of the approximatively 35,000 (around 20,000 in the canton of Zürich) Tamil people of Sri Lankanorigin living in Switzerland. So, the Sri Sivasubramaniar Temple in Adliswil was founded in 1994 as a non-profit foundation. While some 5,000 Indian Hindus in Switzerland founded their own cultural associations, but not a temple, the Tamil Hindus opened 19 houses of worship since the 1990s. Because the premises in Adliwil have become too small, the community decided also to move to Dürnten.
The opening ceremony was set on 27 January 2010, although the granting of the canton of Zurich for the opening was not given yet. The temple’s priest Kurukkal told in an interview, according to the Hindu horoscope, the temple had to been opened in January. Because the building is located at a cantonal road, there is even needed the granting of the canton, thus to the municipal permission was given, but therefore the municipality could not formerly grant the approval for the construction. The municipal council of Dürnten supported the plans for the temple. To express his goodwill to the Tamil community, in November 2009 the municipal president participated of the ritual worship, which took place in the context of the laying of the foundation stone. Initiated was the construction by the Sri Vishnuthurkkai Ammancommunity by Swiss Tamil citizens. In addition to several local craftsmen, eight men from South India have collaborated to build the temple.
The temple is located in a pre-existing warehouse, with floor heating, new sewer lines and a new kitchen subsequently installed. The main altar is located in the middle of the biggest room. Several lions, the mounts of the Hindu Goddess Durga, enthrone on the dome above the decorated portal, as well as the deities and the other colorful altars with their small turrets, which were built on the walls of the room – they all were shipped from India. The Temple is located at Ediker Strasse 24, 8635 Dürnten.
The Temple is located at Ediker Strasse 24, 8635 Dürnten.
Zürich Stadelhofen is the nearest rail head present. Zurich Airport is the nearest airport present.
Mon-Sun: 07:00-13:00 , 17:00-21:00
Every Friday evening between 100 and 150 people attend the Pooja, and on other weekdays 10 to 20 attend. Six services per day are held. Usually in July a ten-day temple festival, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga, is celebrated, having about 4,000 visitors.