Community members flock to temple opening to see the temple’s beautiful statues
On 22 April, members of the Hindu community flocked to Wyndham, Victoria, for the opening ceremony of the city’s newest temple.
The Hindu temple in Wyndham is now the home of many sacred statues—called murtis—and their presence is already drawing devotees daily and in large numbers on the weekend.
“This is now a living, breathing house of God,” said Pandit Radha Raman. The temple offers a community room free of cost to the people to have their special prayers, devotional functions, bhandaras, birthday havans etc, and even teaching Hindi. The temple is open to people from all walks of life and religion.
It was Wyndham resident Avniesh Bhardwaj and family who took the initiative to bring the Hindu temple for the Indian community in Wyndham.
The murti sthapana, which means ‘placing of sacred idols through religious ceremonies’, was done over the course of two auspicious days. On the second day the murtis were made visible to public.
Shiv Parivar was devotedly called in the temple by Avniesh and Yogita Bhardwaj. The statues of Lakshmi Mata and Lord Ganesha were brought to life by Rajesh and Monica Raizada. The Radha Krishna statues were welcomed to the temple by Chirag Jani and his wife. Hanuman Ji was called in the temple by Ashwani Jain. Sri Sai Baba was welcomed in the temple by Munish Bansal Budhlada. The pran prathista of the Nau Graha was done by Gautam Gupta, Yash Agarwal along with his wife Richa Agarwal.
Mata murti was devotedly called to reside in the temple by Avniesh’s parents, Raghubir Chander Bhardwaj and Janak Dulari Bhardwaj in the memory of the Vijay Pathak, the younger brother of Janak. The ceremony was a very emotional experience for the Bhardwaj family as well as all devotees present at the opening ceremony of the temple.
A havan was done to call the Gods and Goddesses to reside in the temple and bless the devotees. It was extremely peaceful to see all devotees chant the shlokas, or the holy words to ask gods for their blessings and forgiveness.
The havan was followed by an arti and then all devotees had the honour and opportunity to worship before the statues—murti darshan.
The temple is open to the public every day. The opening hours are Mon-Sat 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm. On Sunday, the temple is open 8am to 9pm. Aarti is performed at 9am and 7pm every day. The 7pm aarti on Saturday is followed by Bhandara.