Feeling at home at an international destination is sometimes quite difficult, and this is why, Indians, when moving abroad start looking for people from their hometown, for that matter from any part of the native country before even landing in a new place. Thanks to our large population, Indian nationals can be found anywhere on the earth even if it is a distant destination like Australia. In fact, the count of Indian tourists visiting Australia has climbed to 302,900 over the period of only one year (2017) with a 15 percent surge as compared to last year with the ease of tourist visa for Indian citizens offered by Australia tourism. So, you see, it is not really difficult to spot your fellow Indian travellers in this massive continent country. In fact, several people have also moved permanently for work and education, and that increases Indian population in Australia substantially. Probably this is the reason that has given a rise to Hinduism in Australia, and one can see a plethora of temples in the major cities that have even got themselves enlisted as a must visit during the Australian tour for Indians. There are large temple complexes and communities that welcome any new Indian arrival in Australia. So, if you are feeling homesick or looking for a place to worship or simply on a city sightseeing tour, these temples are the right destinations to visit in Australia. Here in this blog, we have picked popular Hindu temples in Australia to include in your travel itinerary if you are looking for your people in a foreign land.
Built in order to promote and flourish the richness of the Hindu religion, culture, as well as philosophy, Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre (HTCC) was initiated in the capital city, Canberra. The sacred shrine and centre is said to be amongst the first temples in Canberra, and thus hold an important place for religious tour for Hindu devotees and those keen on learning about this widespread religion. The temple also houses a library that has been specifically built to help Australian Hindu Community. HTCC’s aim is to provide for a serene ambiance for a spiritual journey and to demonstrate the essentials of Hindu religion such as purity, humility and courage, forgiveness, tolerance and compassion, universal brotherhood and love for all living beings. On a regular basis, presiding priests along with visiting sages/Hindu philosophers also manifest their knowledge here aiming to make the community strong enough to achieve the goal of higher values of life. HTCC also provide facilities for cultural activities like practice of Yoga and meditation, study of Hindi, Sanskrit and other Indian languages. There is also provision for the engagement in Hindu religious activities like contemplating on sacred religious texts and treatises, reflecting on the lives of religious leaders as well as of their followers.
Regular Events at the Temple:
Note: The morning Aarti is at 8:00 AM and the evening Aarti is at 7:00 PM.
Official Website: www.htcc.org.au
Located in Mawson, Canberra, Vishnu Siva Mandir proffers believers a chance to pray, meditate and perform community activities. The temple complex also host a public library that allows people to learn about the South Asian literature and culture. The sacred shrine is operated by the Mandir Society of Australia Incorporated, a non-profit society incorporated in 1989 who has built it in the true traditions of ancient Shaiva and Vaishnava agama. The temple is host a number of Hindu deities, each reflecting a separate ideal of Hinduism, amongst the most prominent deities in this temple are Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati, Lored Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Goddess Maha Devi, Lord Rama and his consort Sita and brother Lakshmana, Lord Hanuman, Lord Prasanna Venkateswara and Radha and Vishnu incarnation, Lord Krishna. Apart from the daily worship opportunity, the temple gives one a chance to find spiritual guidance and learn and teach Indian classical music, dance and art. The temple also organizes regular yoga retreats as well and preach Hinduism in Australia in the most appropriate manner through Seva (service)
Official Website: www.vishnushivamandir.org.au
Canberra is also graced with the presence of the widely known ISKCON Temple. Devoted to Lord Krishna, ISKCON in Canberra is situated in Ainslie (Australia Capital Territory). The temple like other ISKCON shrines is built to serve seven purposes like systematically propagating spiritual knowledge to society at large; propagating a consciousness of Krishna; bringing the members of the society together with each other and closer to Krishna, teaching and encouraging the Sankirtan movement of congregational chanting of the holy name of God; establishing for the members and for society a holy place of transcendental pastimes; bringing the members closer together to teach about a simpler and more natural way of life; and achieving the aforementioned purposes of publishing and distributing periodicals, magazines, books and other writings. As a part of these seven purposes, ISKCON society in Canberra also works for cow protection and promotion of eco-villages. There are also regular meditation and music sessions that take place in the temple along with Sunday Feast Program that you can be a part of.
Official Website: www.harekrishnacanberra.com
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this sacred Hindu shrine in Sydney is one of the most important temples in Australia for Tamil people. The temple has been constructed with an aim to provide facilities and a place for worshipping, teaching religious scriptures and values, and indulging into philosophical activities, based on the Shaivaism and Tamil language. The presiding deity in the temple is apparently Lord Murugan. In the temple, meditative and yogic activities are also undertaken which gives devotees a nice platform to connect more with the religion. There is also a youth circle that helps the younger generation get a deeper understanding and appreciation of religious values and traditions.
Daily Pooja Timings:
Official Website: www.sydneymurugan.org.au
Built on a 400-ft hilly area, Sri Venkateswara Temple (SVT) in Helensburgh, Sydney is one of the famous Hindu temples in the southern hemisphere. Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara or Balaji, this temple is situated amidst the grove which truly makes it a place worth visiting. The shrine’s construction began in 1978, when a small group decided to place it amidst a serene setting as per the Vedic principles. The presiding deity of this beautiful temple is of course Lord Venkateswara, however, deities of Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Shiva (Shri Chandramouliswarar) and Sri Tripurasundari are also worshipped here. Apart from regular pooja/worship, the devotees have the chance to get overall knowledge of various aspects of Hindu philosophy from major spiritual texts, chanting of slokas, poems, bhajans, Carnatic music, dances and other topics of interest with Vidyalaya program run by the temple. On the other hand, the shrine authority also carries on an age-old tradition of Lord’s Procession through the towns and villages to give His Darshan to the devotees under SVT Darshan program. There are also other programs run by the SVT authority like Annadhanam (free food distribution), Aradhana (promoting the local talent), Volunteers, and Youth Group.
Official Website: www.svtsydney.org
With the increase in the population of the devotees of Shri Swaminarayan, the temple in New South Wales was constructed. Abiding by the concept of Satsang, the devotees felt it necessary to have a larger venue for the spiritual meets and exchange of knowledge. Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir was the result of the efforts of a dedicated committee and today a large number of people include it on their pilgrimage tour in Australia. Like the other affiliated temples to Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), this temple in New South Wales addresses the spiritual, moral and social challenges and its foundation is about humanitarian services. The temple organizes regular Satsang Sabhas for the spiritual guidance of the devotees that are addressed by saints from India.
Official Website: www.sydneytemple.org
Said to be the only man-made cave temple, Mukti-Gupteshwar in New South Wales is also considered the 13th Jyotirlingam. In this one-of-its-kind Lord Shiva temple, a 10-metre deep vault is created which has about 2 million handwritten notes each saying ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ from devotees around the globe. There is also water from 81 rivers including major rivers of Australia and five oceans in the world along with eight precious metals. The vault also has good wishes from holy men and other dignitaries around the world. Mukti-Gupteshwar is a complex in which replicas of 12 Jyotirlingams, 108 Rudra Shiva and 1008 Sahastra nama Lord Shiva are erected. There are also Matha Mandir, Ramparivar Mandir and Lord Ganesh Mandir in this shrine complex which conclude a total of 1128 temples here, which in its own way is quite unique. Apart from worshipping, the devotees can also be a part of yoga retreats that take place here on a regular basis. Mukti-Gupteshwar is one of the most important temple to visit for religious tourism in Australia.
Official Website: www.muktigupteshwar.org
One of the oldest ISKCON temples in Australia is the Hare Krishna Temple in Melbourne. The temple had been established in 1975 and was inaugurated by Srila Prabhupada who also installed deities of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, Sri-Sri Gaura Nitai. The temple today also have deities of Sri Sri Radha Ballabha and Sri Sri Gaura along with Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra. The temple also works towards fulfilling the principle purposes as discussed above in Hare Krishna Temple in Canberra.
Official Website: www.harekrishnamelbourne.com.au
Reckoned to be the biggest and popular Durga temple in Australia, Sri Durga Temple in Melbourne is open to all who wish to witness the majesty of the goddess. The holy shrine is situated amidst a lush green setting offering a surreal view but most importantly has a set of goals to achieve as a socio-spiritual body. The temple ensure to encourage and foster the co-development of religious, cultural and community service. It also undertakes charitable welfare work such as distributing food, clothing and medicines to the needy; organize events for mythological discussions, Vedic education, meditation and chanting; and help coordinate national and international pilgrimages for the needy along with proffering the special facilities to meet the needs of senior citizens of the community of Indian origin.
Aarti (Everyday except for Sunday): 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Sunday Aarti: 1:30 PM
Bhandara on Sundays: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Official Website: www.sridurgatemple.com
Situated in Toongabbie, Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural and Educational Centre is amongst the most popular Hindu temples in Australia. The sacred shrine is in line with teachings and ideals of Hinduism. Established around the concepts of Dharma and Karma, the temple believes in the basic principles of respecting others, expressing gratitude through prayer services to the holy deities. The temple apparently is also a cultural and educational centre which aims to raise awareness about issues that has an impact on society; the shrine and its committee are also indulged in philanthropic work. One of the main objectives of the centre is to proffer a safe, supportive space for future generations to coexist, worship and contribute to community initiatives.
Official Website: www.sydneyshakti.org
Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple is said to be the largest temple in Southern hemisphere. Spread in a 15-acre land, the temple was constructed by Hindu Society of Victoria and was consecrated in 1994. The holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu and has a cultural and educational centre as well where activities associated with Hindu religion take place. The cultural centre comprises of a library, cultural displays and community functions, venues for residential seminars, a heritage museum, an educational facility, and a large industrial kitchen and dining hall. The library in the cultural centre has a collection of religious books, videos and many other media such as CDs, DVDs, etc., in English and several Indian languages. The museum on the other hand, has an extensive collection of paintings photographs and other artefacts, along with contemporary multimedia resources to showcase the various aspects of the Indian sub-continent and Hindu cultural heritage. There is also an in-house cafe that serves Indian delicacies. The temple also facilitates Yoga classes for more than a 5 years now for the physical and spiritual welfare of the devotees.
Official Website: www.hsvshivavishnutemple.org.au
Gracing the city of Sydney is the beautiful temple of Goddess Durga. The temple has been established in 2002 by a non-profit religious organization with an aim to worship Goddess Durga, promote Hinduism and help needy people. The main deities of the Sri Durga Devasthanam’s Durga Amman Temple are Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. There is an annual festival that is celebrated between February and March in the temple every year. The festival is 10-days long and concludes on the day of Ther Utsavam and Masi Maham Theertham, which is considered a highly auspicious day for Goddess Durga. The holy festival of Navaratri is also celebrated with a lot of zeal in the temple. Apart from this, the shrine impart religious, educational and cultural values of Hinduism to the devotees, special provisions are made to impart religious knowledge to younger generation.
Official Website: www.sydneydurga.org
Reckoned to be the first traditional Hindu temple in Melbourne, Sri Vakratunda Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. With the extension of the temple a few years ago new deities of Hanumanji and Nagam have been added to this temple in Melbourne. The temple has successfully completed two Maha(Major) Kumbhabishekams and the last one was held in 2007. It is believed those seeking auspicious beginnings of work, removal of obstacles, renewal of energy, success or wisdom visit this Ganesha temple in Melbourne to receive blessings. There is also a canteen in the temple complex where one can savour Indian delicacies.
Official Website: www.mvhs.org.au
Situated in the western suburbs of the city, Murugan Temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in Melbourne. The temple houses the deity of Lord Murugan with Teyvanai and Valli and Vinayakar. The complex has three separate shrines, one of Murugan with Valli & Devasena; second for Vinayagar (Ganesha); and third for Sivalingam & Goddess Parvati. The temple also has deities of Dhakshanamurthy, Vishnu, and Goddess Durga; there is also a place for Navagrahas and a shrine for Hanuman in the front of the temple. A number of festivals are celebrated in this famous temple in Melbourne.
Pooja Timings: 9:00 AM & 7:30 PM
Official Website: www.melbourne-muruga
Built in 1977, Sri Mandir is amongst the oldest Hindu Temples in Australia. This holy shrine situated in Auburn in Sydney has a distinction that the devotees here are from the wide variety of cultural and social backgrounds. The temple aims at teaching and preserving values of Hindu religion and of the culture of India. The temple comprises a number of deities including Jhoole Lal, Sai baba, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. The shrine is also dedicated towards conducting religious education classes, study circles, discourses, celebration of festivals and other religious activities, and cultural events that can promote the values of this one of the fastest growing religions in Australia.
Official Website: ww.srimandir.org
In the heart of Adelaide, the city of many churches is one unique gem of Shri Ganesha Temple. Built in the year 2001, this sacred shrine serves the purpose of uniting a large number of Hindu followers who have settled in the city and were looking for a right platform to meet people from their own country. Shri Ganesha Temple is dedicated mainly to Lord Ganesha who is said to be the remover of obstacles, however, apart from him, the deities of Laxmi Narayan, Muruga Valli & Deivanai, Navagraha, Hanuman, Bhairava as well as Shivalinga are worshipped. In this sacred shrine regular pujas and religious functions are conducted and the temple also caters to spiritual needs of the Hindus of Adelaide along with being important medium to promote cultural and social harmony.
Official Website: www.shriganeshatempleadelaide.com.au
The prestigious Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Perth is situated in the Benett Spring area and is indeed one of the most important Hindu temples in the city. The temple has the holy deity of Swaminarayan ji along with that of Lord Ram and his consort Sita and brother Laxman and that of Lord Hanuman. This temple in Perth also carry out the same work and has the same aim and mission as that of other Swaminarayan Temple world over and as discussed in this blog earlier. However, one things that differentiates it from other temples of the organization is the Gujarati School run by the shrine. Established in 2010, the school teaches student Gujarati language as well as impart understanding of Gujarati culture, festivals and religion, through fun activities, plays, stories and the singing of shlokas and poems.
Official Website: www.sstperth.org
This sacred Swaminarayan Temple in Adelaide has been recently constructed in the year 2014. The shrine is graced with the deities of Swamiji and that of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It was in 2006 that the Satsang Sabhas in Adelaide begun and with the passing time, more and more people started to join, and thus, in 2012, a land was purchased for the construction of the Swaminarayan Temple. The holy shrine endeavours to fulfill the aims and mission of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and offers a large platform for promoting the Indian values and social and cultural harmony in Australia.
Official Website: www.swaminarayanadelaide.org
The first regular Satsang Sabha in Melbourne took place in the year 2005. However the original Swaminarayan Sampraday in Melbourne commenced with only three Kutchi Satsangi families. It was in the year 2005 that saints from Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj – Kutch, first arrived and ever since they have been visiting once every year. Also, in order to encourage and nurture the budding community, the Head of Shree Nar-Narayan Dev Diocese – H.H. Acharya Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharajshree made annual visits for 5 consecutive years. The number of Satsangis began to rise thereafter, so the need for a bigger venue started to emerge. It was in the year 2009, a piece of land was bought to construct the full fledged Swaminarayan Temple in Melbourne which was officially inaugurated in 2012 His Holiness Acharya 1008 Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj who also installed the murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Shree NarNarayan Dev, Shree RadhaKrishna Dev, Shree Ram Darbar, Shree Shiv Parivaar including Shivling, Shree Suryanarayan Dev, Shree Ganeshji and Shree Hanumanji. By 2016, another building adjacent to the existing temple was also bought, renovated and extended to be the part of the shrine.
Official Website: www.swaminarayan.melbourne
Situated in North Maclean of Queensland state, Shri Vishnu Maya Mandir is a reflection of the Hindu ideology and the dream of a great scholar and philosopher of Hinduism Acharya Punditjee R.H. Tripathiji. The sacred shrine stands as a remarkable asset for the believer community in Brisbane area. Apart from the worship of God, the temple runs programs like yoga and meditation along with Sanskrit and Hindi classes, social activities for all age groups and several multi-cultural programmes. The temple is the epitome of community service, Indian values, and peace and harmony.
Official Website: www.shreevishnumayamandir.com.au
An important Hindu temple in Brisbane, Shree Laxminarayan Mandir was established in the city in 2004. Once serving to a small community of Hindu followers, this temple has grown to become a platform for a thousands of devotees who use it to serve their community in Australia as well as to promote India values and cultures. The shrine also houses a library where spiritual scriptures – Vedas and Puranas are available for the reference. Yoga classes are also organized in the temple premises for everyone wishing to keep fit. There is also provision for learning classes for youngsters called Hinduism Way of Life where kids of the age groups 4-6, 7-9 and 10 onward are taught. The class lessons include mantras recitation, prayers and their importance in today’s life.
Official Website: www.laxminarayan.com.au
Situated in the suburbs of Sydney city, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple graces Strathfield with its divine presence. The temple apparently dedicated to Sai Baba has an ever-growing community of believers who see this sacred shrine as a platform to meet and greet other devotees and indulge in community service. Every sunday, Satsang sabhas are held in the temple where heart rendering devotional songs are sung that turns the atmosphere divine. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is indeed an important temple for the Hindu devotees in Sydney as well as in Australia.
Official Website: www.shirdisai.org.au
Selva Vinayakar Temple is situated amidst natural scenic beauty, in proximity to the Logan River at South Maclean, an area of where ample peace and inspiration exist. The temple was constructed in the year 1995 in traditional Indian style in accordance with ancient Sitpa Sastra and Agamas. A beautiful tower (Gopuram) and ornamental icons are also constructed in the temple by the Indian sculptures. The vimanam over the sanctum sanctorum with its stupi, stands at a height of about 20 feet above the ground level. On the right of the Central Shrine is the deity of Lord Shiva and on the left is Goddess Parvati. The temple also has deities of Lord Murugan, the shrines of Navagrah and Vairavar are located in their respective places close to the main entrance. This holy shrine also serves as a centre for various cultural and educational activities where religious classes are conducted for kids; music and dance programs are also held in the temple in which scholars and religious leaders are invited to address the devotees on special occasions.
Official Website: www.sriselvavinayakar.org
This is said to be the first temple in Brisbane which opened its door for devotees in 1992. The holy shrine aims at enhancing the Hindu religion and culture by celebrating all major festivals and focussing on the future and ensuring that appropriate attention is given to religious, social and welfare issues that benefit all of us, especially the younger generation. The temple also aims at fostering the Hindu way of life, philosophy and practices; providing facilities for the promotion and understanding of Hinduism; establishing educational foundation for the teaching of Hindu philosophy, culture, Indian languages and other related subjects; and performing philanthropy.
Official Website: www.gayatrimandir.org.au
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Om Shree Deveshwar Mahadev Shiv Mandir was built recently in the year 2015 in Brisbane. The shrine is situated in a beautiful garden and is made from all-natural materials, including a hand carved Nandi Bull and Shivalinga in a beautiful black granite. Set in the serene ashram garden, the temple radiates harmony, peace and divinity along with opportunity to learn the ancient science of yoga in its premises.
The holy Sita Ram Temple is situated in Carramar, Sydney and was built in the year 2000 after the devotees start to increase. The unique thing about this Hindu temple is that it celebrates all religious occasions in their entirety throughout the year. During major religious festivals the mandir is filled with devotees thronging from all parts of Sydney. The temple houses several deities including that of Lord Ram and consort Sita and each statues is carved from a single piece of granite, which reflects intricate skills craftsmen of Jaipur. The life size deities are the main attraction in the temple.
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sri Karphaga Vinayagar Temple is located at the heart of Sydney. Karphaga is the Tamil for the Sanskrit derivation of Kalpaga/ Kalpataru, which is ‘the wish fulfilling celestial tree spoken;’ it is believed standing under the shade of this tree, whatever one thinks can come true. Likewise, Karphaga Vinayakar answers the prayers of devotees who come seeking for his help. Apart from Lord Ganesha, the temple houses deities of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Ayyapa/Dharma Shasta, Murugan, Bhairava, and the structure of Navgraha. On a regular basis, cultural events, religious discussions and music recitals take place in the temple and the devotees and temple authority endeavour to work for peace and harmony at all levels.
Official Website: www.vinayakar.org.au
We hope this list have been helpful for you to look for the right pilgrimage destination in Australia. If you think, we missed out on any important temple, do let us know in the comment below. Also, if you’re planning a trip to Australia, we at Tour My India can help you with all your travel issues. Book with us as we provide some of the best Australia holiday packages from India since we understand our clientele and their needs better. With us, you can rest assured for a hassle-free tour from India that too in a budget of your choice.