The Hindu Society of Victoria (HSV) was founded in 1982 and
has a current membership of around 2,000 members. The HSV's spiritual and
cultural precinct was established in 15 acres of land at Carrum Downs,Victoria.
Construction of the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple began thereafter. On completion of
the building the temple was consecrated in 1994. This is, now, the largest
Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Devotees in thousands regularly attend
its various Pooja Ceremonies and Festival Celebrations each year. Many of them
have recorded attendances in excess of 15,000 people.
The Cultural Centre has a library, a heritage museum,
an educational facility, venues for residential seminars, cultural displays and
community functions and a large industrial kitchen and dining hall.
This is an extension of the Temple, is the venue for many cultural
activities normally associated with Hindu religion that take place within the
The vision of the HSV library is to establish a public
library which promotes Hindu Culture and Philosophy. It will be equipped with
religious books, videos and many other media such as CDs, DVDs, etc., in
English and Indian languages. These items will be available, to all registered
members, on loan. There are audio-visual and reading cubicles for browsing the
books and all other media.
The museum will develop an extensive collection of images in
the form of paintings photographs and other artefacts, as well as contemporary
multimedia resources to present the various aspects of the Indian sub-continent
and Hindu cultural heritage. The museum may be used by anyone wishing to hold
an exhibition on payment of the prescribed fee and conforming to the policies
of the HSV.
The Education facility will actively serve to educate the
members of the community interested in Hindu traditions in the areas of learning
Hindu philosophy and worship, Classical art forms and languages associated with
The Function Hall will provide a unique venue for you to
hold your weddings, special functions and celebrations, as well as being able
to cater for cultural music, arts and dance performances. In addition to main
function hall which has a seating capacity of 700 guests, there are smaller
function halls for other occasions. The function halls are complete with back
stage rooms and audio-visual facilities.
The canteen will provide tasty and healthy vegetarian food,
of mainly Indian cuisine for devotees and all members of the wider community.
It will be fitted with tables and chairs to seat 300 diners at a time. The
canteen will continue its current operations on a larger scale of selling
vegetarian food and meals for dining in at the new and larger premises or for
take away. This canteen will also cater to "annadanam" or
distribution free food on religious occasions
The Society is looking for community participation in
various ways – one may volunteer their services for the opening day and
subsequent open days, one may donate books &#38;#38; CD's for the library or
donate artefacts for the Museum. The halls and facilities are open for hire for
any activity conforming to the Society's guidelines.
For further details on the Centre and ways of becoming
involved with Centre please visit the HSV's website ww.hsvtemple.org.au