The Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Cultural Centre (SSVCC) recently inaugurated the first Hindu temple in North Queensland at 38 One Mile Drive, Gumlow. The traditional inauguration of the temple—kumbabhishekam—began on 6 November and culminated in a grand celebration on Sunday, 10 November.
The 5 day event included religious rituals, scripture recitals, music and dance performances. Among the grandest that this region has yet seen of pageantry of Hinduism, the rituals were performed by five priests flown to Townsville especially for the event.
This is the first temple in North Queensland. It involves Phase II of a plan of prodigious plan that began a decade ago, when the founding members first discussed the idea of building a temple in Townsville to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the present and future generations of Hindus in North Queensland.
Phase I included the purchase of land and a site for the temple. The architectural blueprint was been approved by temple architects and complied with the Townsville City Council building requirements. The decade long effort of dedicated and hardworking steering committee members and volunteers to build a temple as a place of worship will finally come to fruition with the inauguration of this temple. Future developments of the temple include a large permanent structure, construction of temple kitchen, a cultural precinct, yoga and meditation sessions, conducting cultural sessions in music and arts and scripture.
Although a Hindu temple is a spiritual destination for many Hindus, this temple will be a beacon of not only Indian culture, but also the North Queensland’s spirit of tolerance that celebrates diversity and enables all community the space to practice their religion, culture and identity.