SMK to celebrate first anniversary in June


Sankat Mochan Kendra (SMK), which opened its doors to the service of the Indian community in Melbourne, last year on 15 June, will celebrate its first anniversary on 21 June.

“This is the start of an infrastructure, which we all need to build and expand to serve the ever-growing Indian community in Australia. In spite of the community’s affluent and professional backgrounds we are still far behind as compared to other communities in taking care of the welfare, health and educational needs of our community,” says Arvind Shrivastava of SMK.

When it was established last year, SMK made it possible for the Hindu community to celebrate Hindu rituals and festivals in all its tradition and fervor. Families were able to celebrate memorable events such as births, anniversaries, and marriages in accordance with tradition. The facilities also allow for the sharing of prasad and mahaprasad for hundreds of devotees at a time.

“As organisers we are wonderfully surprised to see the number of participants, their involvement, appreciation and enjoyment in various Hindu festivals which we were able to celebrate, to our knowledge for the first time in Melbourne. So let us continue to further enhance this spirit for the sake of our generation and the current young Australian Indian generation,” says Shrivastava.


Anniversary Celebrations

When: 21 June, 10 am to 8 pm.

Sponsorship: Devotees are requested to contribute $ 51.00 per participant for the Maha Gayatri Mantra Havan with 108 Ahutis between 10.30 am to noon. The Prasad and Mahaprasad shall be available between 1 and 2 pm. In the afternoon, from 3 pm to 8 pm, there will be participatory bhajans, satsang recitations which shall include Amritvani path from 4.30 to 6 pm.

Contact: Dr. Sunila Shrivastava on 0427 274 462 or through e-mail

Address: A 1289 North Road, Huntingdale

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