ISKCON Temple to work with Richmond Tigers
On Tuesday, 15 August, more than 15,000 people attended the annual Janmasthmi celebrations at Australia’s oldest Hindu Temple to celebrate birth of Krishna.
Former Victorian Premier Hon. Ted Baillieu; South Indian superstar and producer Ms Khushbu Sundar; Victorian Minister for Creative Industries and local member Hon. Martin Foley; Former Ministerial Adviser Mr Nitin Gupta; scientist and poet Dr Subhash Sharma; Line producer Ms Nithya Remesan (Natya Entertainment); AIBC president Miss Rashi Kapoor; Wollongong Coal head Mr Milind Oza; and AFL Adviser Mr Darpan Mittal were the notable people that joined the ISKCON’s 43rd Janmasthmi Celebrations at Albert Park Hindu Temple.
The formal proceedings were beautifully compered by Ms Roshni Sharma (AIBC), and Mr Aravind Putta (Cranbourne Socialite and AFL India Ambassador).
Ms Sharma gave a special welcome to Khushbu who has more than 200 films in several careers to her credit.
In his speech Mr Ted Baillieu thanked the Victorian Indian and Hindu community for their overall contribution to Victoria and Australia. He also gave a very special welcome to Khushbu by singing a line from a song in one of her films.
Khushbu Sundar thanked the Victorian Indian community for the warm welcome given to her.
Mr Gupta and Khushbu, who is also the “Honorary Member” and “Number One Ticket Holder” for Richmond Tigers, requested Bhakta Prabhu to start some sort of community engagement between the Richmond FC and ISKCON Temple, Albert Park.
Bhakta Prabhu accepted the request immediately. “Yes—Looking forward to engaging with AFL and Richmond Tigers,” said Bhakta Prabhu in his speech, and thanked Mr Gupta and Mr Mittal for arranging the visit of Prince Lakshyaraj of Udaipur, a direct descendant of Krishna devotee Meera Bai to the Albert Park temple earlier this year.
There were various cultural performances as well to keep the crowd entertained. A notable performance was “Political Governance at Vrindavan”, a stage show presented by kids that drew attention and praise from Mr Ted Baillieu and Khushbu.
Albert Park is one of the most marginal seats leading up to the November 2018 state elections in Victoria, and the local Indian/Hindu origin voters can be a deciding factor in Albert Park, and other seats like Cranbourne, Frankston, and Carrum.
Mr Baillieu and Mr Gupta were instrumental in getting a half million dollar government grant for ISKCON’s kitchen project. Now the Temple is planning phase two of extension.
A funding announcement for ISKCON’s phase two project is something that may give the momentum required to make an impact on local Indian/Hindu origin voters across Victoria.