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Melbourne's Hindu Temple Consecration draws huge crowd

MELBOURNE, 12 APRIL. The Consecration or the Maha Kumbhabhishekam of the Shiva Vishnu Temple at Carrum Downs today saw a massive crowd of more than 4,000 devotees from different parts of Victoria and Australia witnessing the event and getting the blessings. The Consecration is performed to renovate, rejuvenate and energise the deities of the temple so that they could be empowered to guide mankind through trials and tabulations and shower their blessings for a healthier, wealthier spiritual life.

There were special messages for the significant occasion from the dignitaries – Hon. Scott Morrison - Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Venkaiah Naidu – Vice President of India, Hon. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India, Hon. Daniel Andrews – Premier of Victoria, Mr Richard Wynne – Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Cr Michael O’Reilly – Mayor of Frankston City, Ms Sonya Kilkenny – Labour Member for Carrum, GRA Sambanda Deekshidar – Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram and from other temples in Melbourne.

The President of the Hindu Society of Victoria, Mr Sivakadadchan said that he and the devotees are very proud of this temple – the biggest and largest temple in the Southern Hemisphere, with which his involvement goes back 30 odd years - celebrating this Consecration with a grand display of traditional Indian classical Bharatha Natyam dance by 108 dancers with musical interlude by popular Melbourne artistes.

The President added that Melbourne's Hindu Temple Consecration draws huge crowd this Consecration will bring many Victorian people together hailing from various parts of the world – particularly from India – Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Singapore, Fiji and from other parts of the world. This temple is a major icon for the Hindus and we are getting attention from the Australian society wanting to get involved in the Hindu faith and religious activities and learn more about our culture and tradition.

The current Victorian Government is a great supporter of this temple with the Victorian Premier attending the Holi festival last month and pledged a grant of $100,000 to the temple. We are hoping a similar grant from the Federal Government for the environment activities like solar heating, landscaping etc. The Frankston Council have also been very supportive with the Mayor attending most of our festivals.

Mr Sivakadadchan said that this Maha Kumbhabhishekam is very significant because multiculturalism is the backbone of Australia and this event is part of multicultural activities supported by the Australian Government. The celebration provides an opportunity for the integration with the other communities in Australia. He welcomed people of all faith to visit the temple and get the blessings.

He thanked the volunteers saying that they have done an excellent job in every sphere of the construction and consecration. They were involved in beautifying the temple, cleaning the place, polishing the idols and doors and have been the sole support for the committees in many ways. The committee members have chipped in a lot and certainly all the well wishers have come up and given the financial assistance. It has been a great united effort. The President thanked the sculptors from India who worked tirelessly for five months and others in getting the idols and kalasams from India.

The President in his message said that “We would like to dedicate this to the peace and happiness of all Australians in general and we do think that this consecration will bring peace and harmony to Australia and the Universe”. We chant the famous Sanskrit prayer “Loka Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu” which means “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”

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