Hindu Society of Victoria Annual General Meeting election for 2020/2021

Management Committee Candidate Statements

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The following candidates have elected not to include a candidate statement

  • Narenthiran Mahenthiran – Assistant Treasurer
  • Thambiah Thangaratnam – Committee Member
  • Venkata Nagabhushana Sarma Betanabhatla – Committee Member
  • Surya Venkata Rajeswar Susarla – Committee Member
  • Kugathas Navaneetharajah – Committee Member
  • Ranjini Somasundaram – Committee Member

Candidates were given the option to include a small photograph with their statements and these have been included where they were provided.

All the candidates have signed a declaration that the content is true and not intended to mislead the voting members.

Dr. Usha Venkatraman

Candidate for President

Dr. Usha Venkataraman 

I remain honoured and humbled to have been part of this Temple since 1983. Hindus from diverse origins joined in unity and trust and great pride in building this beautiful temple. My devotion for our Temple has seen me continue my volunteering including serving in the Management Committee. I fervently wish to bring back the harmony and unwavering partnership of the early days which have diminished over years. I believe in non-bias and see every Hindu as part of the larger Universal family of Vasudeva Kudumbam.

As a senior Doctor, I am a team player with empathy and good communication skills

My goal: Temple to be a beacon of Bhakthi, Dharma and Seva.

I pledge to

  • Welcome Hindus from all backgrounds irrespective of their origins
  • Make Management accountable, ethical.
  • Better modernised communication for members to have access to Minutes and Financials
  • Work in harmony with volunteers & encourage Seva
  • Improve efficiency of the Canteen and Cultural hall. Ensure quality fresh food is served
  • The temple reaches out to the wider community through charitable projects and be an organisation that our youth will be proud to associate with.
  • Fund raising through various activities

Balasubramaniam Rangarajan

Candidate for President

Balasubramaniam Rangarajan:

I have been a member of the Management Committee of the Hindu Society of Victoria Shri Shiva Vishnu temple for the past three years and have volunteered at multiple Hindu temples for more than fifteen years.

Over the past three years, I have been involved in temple administration related matters. It has been a blessing for me to get involved in planning, design, fundraising and the installation of Chakrathazhwar/Narasimhar Shrine during Maha Kumbabishekam celebrations. As a member of the Management committee, I have been involved in the smooth organisation and celebration of all Homams, Brahmotsavam and other major temple festivals.

As part of the future growth of HSV, I am keen to develop and implement an action plan for the construction of Annadhana Hall for the benefit of all our devotees. I am equally interested in developing an action plan to use modern technology to help the community engage more with the temple, e.g. enabling devotees to directly book all poojas/homams online.

More importantly the temple needs to have hands-on management to thrive following the COVID-19 imposed restrictions. I am committed to devoting all of my energy to make the devotees’ visits to the temple a pleasant and spiritual experience.

Aiyathurai Kirupakaran (Kirupa)

Candidate for Vice President

Aiyathurai Kirupakaran (Kirupa)

Since 2016, I have volunteered as one of the management committee members of the Hindu Society of Victoria. I joined the HSV committee to humble serve the community and God and to ensure that generations to come could do the same.  Over the last few years, I have served as Chairperson for the Safety and Security Subcommittee. I improved the safety and security measures for the Temple, specifically installation of an integrated CCTV system and consistent Wilson security patrols around the premises.

As the Vice-President, I will ensure that HSV and temple activities continue to be a cornerstone of our community while adhering to Agamic/Vedic principles of Hinduism. I have many plans to ensure that the HSV continues to grow into a diverse and inclusive community for all.

I left my home in Sri Lanka in 1974 and graduated in Computer Technology before marrying my wife, Uma Devi. Along with our children, we have lived around the world up until settling in Australia in 2006. I’m also serving as Secretary of the Lions Club of, Melbourne. I hope you give me the chance to dedicate my time to this community.

Dr Madapusi Srinivasan

Candidate for Vice President

Dr Madapusi Srinivasan

 

I am Dr Srinivasan Madapusi and I am a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean in RMIT University.  Our temple was the deciding factor 5 years ago in my move to Melbourne from Singapore with my wife, Anuradha.  Since then, we have continued our service to the community through the temple and have been pro-actively involved in the spiritual and cultural events here. 

As an MC member for the past two years, I have chaired the IT and Publicity sub-committees and implemented progressive features with specific focus on effective temple operations to enhance devotee outreach and experience.  These were timely for the Kumbabishekam and they continue to date.

Apart from managing the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere, HSV is seen as the standard bearer for the tenets of Sanatana Dharma in our multicultural community.  This responsibility is critical when the community seeks spiritual solace during challenging times like COVID-19.  As Vice-President in the coming year, I will work with the MC to deliver on this expectation while maintaining high standards of conduct, to provide a spiritually rewarding experience to all devotees, and to ensure a vibrant future for the community by involving the next generation in HSV.

Anil Kolanukonda

Candidate for Vice President

Anil Kolanukonda

 

I have been a regular devotee of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple since 2009 and had the opportunity to serve as Member in Management Committee and as an IT Sub Committee Vice-Chair during the Auspicious Kumbhabhisekham Year 2018-19.

I upgraded the website and arranged letters from the Prime Minister and Vice President of India for the 25th Anniversary Panchavati.

I believe in Seva and helping the needy. Through the Sai Organisation I cooked about 10,000 meals for stranded international students during the Covid lockdown and currently providing food kits to families affected by Covid.

As a Project Engineer and Business Owner Operator in Health and Fitness, I am innovative, decisive, and capable of delivering. I believe in ethics, patience and teamwork.

 If elected, I pledge to ensure,

  • Management is accountable, ethical, and communication is made easy via electronically to all members, including Minutes and Financials.
  • Develop HSV as a model & sought-after institution for volunteers
  • I will answer all the questions by members and assist in fixing the member list to current.
  • Serve as the faithful and honest servant of members.
  • The members’ list is fixed & election modernised.

Pathmakumar (Pathman) Kandiah

Candidate for Vice President

Pathmakumar (Pathman) Kandiah

I joined the monthly prayer group in 1984 in Prahran Hall, the origin of today’s Shiva Vishnu Temple and have served as a volunteer ever since.

This temple was built and borne on the shoulders of its volunteers. Unfortunate circumstances have alienated Volunteers, and many have moved away. My desire is to bring back the devout volunteers to resume selfless Seva at the temple and CHC so that devotees, members, and families can enjoy the Temple as a sacred, peaceful house of God and receive His blessings abundantly.

I served in the management committee during the Kumbhabisekam period of 2018-2019 and was assigned the task of Purchasing and Management of Temple Canteen. An Engineer and Project manager by profession, I used my skills to engage staff and volunteers harmoniously and productively. A record turnover of $1.3 million was made and cafe patrons enjoyed fresh food.

I have served in the Management of other temples and my experience will enable me to ensure,

  • Accountability and transparency in Management Committee activity and finances of the Temple and CHC.
  • Modernise Communications.
  • Management works in respectful partnership with Volunteers.
  • Fresh food is served in the Canteen and Temple involves in charitable activities.

Inthi Parameswaran

Candidate for Treasurer

Inthi Parameswaran

I am an Accountant (CPA, MIPA, ACMA) with extensive experience in Financial Management, Accounting, Tax and Advisory services. I am currently the Treasurer of a Not for Profit organisation and have volunteered in many charity fund-raisers.

I have been associated with the HSV from the time Poojas were held at the Prahran Migrant Centre and in recent times I have held the position of Management Committee member for two years followed by Assistant Treasurer in the year of the last Maha Kumbhabhishekam. As Chairperson of the Publicity and Panchavati Sub-committee I took an active role in promoting the Temple and Cultural Centre. In addition to various fundraising activities, as a member of the Sub-committees for Rituals, Souvenir and Temple Administration I was actively involved in organising the Kumbhabhishekam.

In an organisation like HSV managing Treasury, Accounting, and Taxation and liaising with bankers, auditors and government authorities requires experience and expertise in these areas. Further, the current pandemic and economic conditions require a more hands on approach to the Treasury function. With the Grace of the Almighty and my expertise and experience I am confident I will manage the Treasurer’s responsibilities efficiently and with integrity.

Dr Ambalavanar Tharumarajah

Candidate for Treasurer

Dr Ambalavanar Tharumarajah

Tharuma served in the MC in 2003/04 as the Editor of Panchavathy introducing regular feature articles on teachings and symbolism of Hinduism. As the Treasurer in 2007/08, he initiated better financial controls to ensure transparency and manage the additional expenses/income of the Kumbabishekam that saw the income of HSV pass the one million mark. 2012/13 was a challenging year for HSV as the Frankston council threatened to close CHC building due to major non-conformities in building fire & safety. Being the Secretary and assuming the additional role of Chair of the Technical Committee, he oversaw the major repairs and replacements. He with the then Treasurer managed the over strained finances, CHC mortgage payments and negotiations with Banks. A professional quarterly auditing was put in place and a financial audit was conducted to investigate integrity of the CHC construction project. As the Deputy Chair of the Temple Administration in 2017/18 he introduced rolling rosters to better manage priest work schedule, new time keeping systems and enacted temple management guidelines. He also served as the Chair of the CHC events sub-committee. Tharuma had worked hard to better the accountability, transparency and best practice of HSV’s management of the Shiva-Vishnu temple complex.

Ratnam Kandasamy

Candidate for Secretary ( Position uncontested)

Ratnam Kandasamy

Serving humanity is service to God.
With humility and honesty I endeavor to fulfill God’s wish and command.

May God guide and help me.

2017/2018: HSV Vice President 1.

Temple Administration Subcommittee Chairperson.
Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple Kumbabhishekam Ritual Subcommittee Chairperson.

2016/2017: HSV Vice President 1.

Temple Administration Subcommittee Chairperson.

2015/2016: Management Committee Member.

Major Projects Subcommittee Chairperson.

Usha Rani Gullapalli

Candidate for Assistant Secretary 

Usha Rani Gullapalli

I am Mrs Usha Gullapalli, a professional executive scientist working for a reputed company.
I have inherited the trait of doing Seva from my parents from a very young age.  I have been in Australia for more than 25 years and have volunteered for Monash Council, aged care centres and engaged in children cancer charity, Red Kite, Sai organization, supporting international students and new migrant families, etc. I have received ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award in 2001 by the then Premier of Victoria and Excellence Meritorious Award in 2012 by the Victorian Governor. 

I have been an MC member for the past 2 years, and as Assistant Secretary this year.  I chaired the cultural centre sub-committee and was instrumental in installing the signage board outside the cultural centre and contributed to other activities for devotee engagement which was especially helpful during Kumbabishekam.  As assistant chair of spiritual sub-committee, I helped conduct the Navarathri cultural activities. 

In the coming year as assistant secretary, I will work with the MC to deliver high-quality customer service, improve communication and enhance the cultural centre usage.  I will also work to involve youth to be part of the development activities and future growth of HSV. 

 

Rohan Vijayaratnam

Candidate for Assistant Secretary 

Rohan Vijayaratnam

Rohan’s association with the Hindu Society of Victoria started way back in early 2001 mainly as a Temple & Cafe volunteer then MC Member.  He was in the MC in 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 & 2017/2018 terms. During his first 3 terms as MC member, he was the chairperson for the CAFÉ after moved into the newly built CHC building in 2012.

During the initial time of the opening of CHC, the MC had difficult time in managing the society due to cash flow issues. As the chairperson for the CAFÉ, he initiated to implement new systems & process like fast POS system (BEPOZ), ambient environment, customer friendly operations to the CAFÉ. As a result, the café sales exceed over $800K per year. That helped to improve the cash flow in the following years. If elected, one of the main tasks is using his IT knowledge to help the secretary to create a common automated platform for all (members, devotees & volunteers) to communicate effectively.  And also help to implement cloud base systems where that works efficiently.

He seeks your support for the HSV Election 2020/2021🙏🏼.

 

Narenthiran Mahenthiran

Candidate for Assistant Treasurer 

Narenthiran Mahenthiran

🙏🏼.

 

Candyah Sriskandarajah

Candidate for Assistant Treasurer 

Candyah Sriskandarajah

I am a devotee of the Temple and have been actively involved as a volunteer in HSV since 1990. I had the opportunity to serve in the Management Committee for three terms as a Committee member and Assistant Secretary. In the absence of Secretary, I performed the secretary’s role for approximately three months. I am also a subcommittee member in the Temple Administration, Canteen and Cultural Heritage subcommittees.

I was involved in formulating Standards for Electrical and Electronic products as Standards Engineer. I worked in several organisations in Australia and finally retired from Telstra as a Technical specialist. My skills involve good organising capabilities, teamwork, sincere commitment, and good judgement.

   I pledge that I will, 

  • Serve the community without prejudice and bias.
  • Ensure communication to Members is open and transparent.
  • Enable sharing information electronically, to Members regarding Minutes and Financials
  • Ensure HSV is involved in Charity work for the needy within Australia and the subcontinent.
  • Encourage younger generation to participate in temple activities.
  • Serve fresh and quality food to devotees.

 

Thavarajah Sriharan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Thavarajah Sriharan B.Sc. (Hon), M.Sc.,

I have been a volunteer at Siva Vishnu Temple from the beginning. As a committee member of the HSV, I have contributed in varying ways; from implementing and regulating HSV decisions to doing regular volunteer work at the cafeteria and temple. Outside of this, I have been an Old Boys Jaffna Hindu College (JHC) committee member for 25 years. During this time, I took up various positions within the group to improve JHC and it is now recognised as one of the best colleges in Sri Lanka. Overall, I get on well with all kinds of people.

Ahielan Vetpillai

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ahielan Vetpillai

I own and operate a soft furnishing business. I have organised fund raising concerts for the war victims of northern and Eastern Sri Lanka and managed the distribution of funds. I have been a volunteer of Shri Shiva Vishnu temples since 1995. I have sponsored festivals and supported construction programs.

Rambabu Sammohinivis

Candidate for Committee Membership

Rambabu Sammohinivis

I’m a retired software professional requesting you to return me to serve as a committee member.  My family and I are spiritually-oriented, and have a long association with the Shiva Vishnu Temple.  We have served the community passionately through various organizations such as the Hare Krishna Temple, JET Australia Foundation and Telugu Association.  We believe and practise the principles of our Guru H.H. Shri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, “Worship your own, respect all”, and “Serve all beings as service to God”.  I have served in leadership positions as President of Telugu Association Australia and I am currently volunteering as a Director of JET Australia Foundation promoting the greatness of Bhagavat Ramanuja Acharya’s philosophy.

I have over forty years’ experience providing industry-standard software solutions to various organizations in India and Australia.  As the Chair of the IT subcommittee in 2019, I employed my expertise and experience to streamline and improve the phone and payment systems, website, network, computing facilities and communications, and introduced NBN and PABX technologies to meet future demand.  As a committee member in 2020-21, I will represent our community and bring further improvements in temple administration and operations in order to provide high quality service and experience for devotees.

Muthukumaraswamy Manivaskan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Muthukumaraswamy Manivaskan

The society was formed several decades ago for the future generation Australian born Hindus. If elected as a committee member, I would advocate inclusion of young Australian Hindus in the committee and the management of the temple.

My Profile

  • A civil engineer 
  • Have been a life member of the Hindu Society of Victoria for over 30 years.
  • Married with three children.

Thambiah Thangaratnam

Candidate for Committee Membership

Thambiah Thangaratnam

🙏🏼.

Ampalavanar Yogaparan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ampalavanar Yogaparan

Who am I?

Associated with HSV since 1985 and eventually involved as architect and town planner by assisting the architect who designed the Temple. Development works spontaneously passed to me upon retirement of the architect in 2000 and carried out until mid 2019, including Kumbabishekam 2007 and 2019, Vali Pillaiyar, two cultural centres (one lapsed), toilet extension (lapsed twice), annathaana mandapam (lapsed), sheds, landscaping etc. Also provided technical advice whenever required and assisted in resolving issues at critical times.

Reason for my standing as a candidate

Although invitations offered, never intended to be in MC until this year. When voluntary services appear to have been replaced with PAID workers, I intend with the blessings of Shri Shiva-Vishnu to re-establish ‘Seva’; a form of ‘Worship’, the core of Hinduism and save money by not letting permits lapse and not building without permits.

How and what will I deliver?

I will operate on Love is Religion, considering all as equal. I will be approachable, accountable, ethical, open, honest & transparent in my deliberations for the benefit of the temple and devotees whom I represent. My activities will be courteous, pleasant, harmonious, unified and service oriented.

Venkata Nagabhushana Sarma Betanabhatla

Candidate for Committee Membership

Venkata Nagabhushana Sarma Betanabhatla

🙏🏼.

Dr. Ravindranath Tiruvoipati

Candidate for Committee Membership

Dr. Ravindranath Tiruvoipati

I am a regular devotee of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple since 2007 and am grateful to its volunteers and the Management Committee for its many achievements. 

I had the opportunity to serve in The Spiritual & Cultural Sub Committee in 2015. I took pride in contributing to the team, tidying up the Library and Museum. I have also attended a few AGM’s and noticed some issues. Of importance is the inadequacy and outdated methods of communication and lack of inclusiveness in the Temple Management.  

As a Specialist and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine, I am organised, decisive, and capable of good judgement. I believe in ethics, patience, and teamwork. 

If elected I pledge to ensure, 

  • Management is accountable, ethical and communication is modernised enabling members to have easy access to Minutes and Financials
  • To appreciate and work in harmony with grass root volunteers and encourage Seva
  • Improve the efficiency of the Canteen and ensure quality fresh food is served.
  • The CHC provides better service by way of more Spiritual and Cultural activities

The temple involves itself with regular local Charitable and Community projects and be a glorious Hindu organisation that my children will be proud to associate with. 

Selliah Jeganathan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Selliah Jeganathan

My involvement with HSV goes beyond 30 years. I started volunteering my services to the Temple and Canteen 15 years ago. I am deeply passionate about serving the Lord and devotees. My goal is to see HSV as a thriving organisation known for its peerless integrity and service to devotees.

I am an electrical engineer by profession. I pride myself working as a team, fulfilling tasks responsibly and sticking to a goal. My work involves strict fiscal management and adhering to health and safety compliance.

If elected I will use these skills to ensure,

  • HSV finances are managed with utmost ethics, responsibility, and the wellbeing of the Temple and all its Devotees are paramount.
  • Improve the quality of food and the efficiency of service in the canteen and cultural hall and assure patrons are satisfied.
  • Management is responsible, accountable, and transparent. I will enable members have access Minutes and Financials electronically.
  • Respect and work united with Volunteers outside MC
  • The temple reaches out to the wider society through Charitable and Community projects.

I seek your support and pledge to serve without the temptation of power, control, bias, or unhealthy divisions related to ethnicity.

The temple involves itself with regular local Charitable and Community projects and be a glorious Hindu organisation that my children will be proud to associate with. 

Nithiyananthan Sundaramoorthy

Candidate for Committee Membership

Nithiyananthan Sundaramoorthy

I have volunteered in HSV since 2015 in the Temple and Canteen. My observations, both positive and negative whilst volunteering has urged me to nominate myself for the responsible role of a Management Committee Member.

 

I work in the railway propulsion industry and my skills involve good organisational capabilities, teamwork, and excellent time management. As a qualified Counsellor I have volunteered with migrant groups fleeing war zones. I believe I have the ethics, unwavering commitment, integrity, and tenacity to work hard for the wellbeing of HSV. Although far away from home, the Temple precinct here connects me to my roots and volunteering at HSV rewards me with the fulfillment of belonging to the wider Hindu Community.

 My vision: 

  • Adhere to dharma & core values without bias and prejudice.
  • Management Committee works in productive and respectful partnership with Volunteers outside the MC.
  • Seva over Commerce and ensure only fresh food is served with efficiency and kind hospitality at the Temple Canteen.
  • Enable access to Minutes and Financials for Members using modern communication tools to the best of my ability.

Ramanathan Ramanathan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ramanathan Ramanathan

I am working in the education sector for the last 22 years and have occupied several key management positions. I am in Melbourne for the last 11 years and I am associated with our Shiva Vishnu Temple canteen as a volunteer for the last 10 years. 

I was part of the HSV Management Committee during 2016, came in as a substitute to fill someone and didn’t do much for the HSV in that short time of 3 to 4 months. I feel this is a good opportunity for me to contribute something to HSV and to the wider community.  

I am a reliable, trustworthy and a factual person. Coming from the education background, I will always stand with ethically right and morally good activities. If I am elected, I will fulfil the role allocated to me within the HSV Management Committee with the best of my ability.

I Pledge to

  • Ensuring transparency and accountability. Sharing MC Minutes, Financials with all members
  • Introduce full electronic communications with members & remove postal communication
  • Invite members as observers to MC meetings
  • Update election process to run open, honest & transparent elections.
  • Introduce mandatory charitable contribution to wider society

Sivanantha Vaithilingam

Candidate for Committee Membership

Sivanantha Vaithilingam

This temple is close to my heart and I am its ardent devotee and well-wisher. I have been involved in its growth from its humble beginnings. Volunteering is a way of life for me. I enjoy participating in all Volunteering activities in the Temple and Canteen. I have also served in the Management Committee.

A qualified Commerce teacher back home, I left my homeland due to unrest. I now work in a field, manufacturing climate control Elements for Hospitals here.

I believe in unity, patience, empathy, kindness and practicing one’s faith in life by example.

My vision is,

  • Adhere to dharma & welcome all devotes with equal respect.
  • Poojas are conducted strictly to Agamic principles and undeviating protocol is set for this.
  • Bring new volunteers to HSV to foster the spirit of Seva, and ensure our Temple has a vibrant Volunteer community
  • Management Committee will work in Unity with all volunteers.
  • Fresh food is served to devotees at the Temple Canteen with kind hospitality.
  • Transparency and accountability. Minutes and Financials are made available to members
  • Temple should be involved in Charity for the needy. The focus of HSV should be on serving devotees, enabling Seva and worship than commercial profits.

Shanthini Arunothayaraj

Candidate for Committee Membership

Shanthini Arunothayaraj

I treasure our Temple and enjoy volunteering whether it be manual help or serving in the MC as Cultural, Spiritual Chairperson (2015-16), and subcommittee member until 2019.

 

Our achievements include:

  • Delivering a functioning, meaningful Museum at CHC.
  • Enhancing the ambiance of CHC and Canteen with pictures from the Hindu pantheon
  • Engaging HSV youth to deliver a fundraising cultural event “Kala Pravaasa” in 2016 donating $5000 to RED DUST, an Aboriginal charity and $5000 to the Veliveethi project
  • Organising the Library and initiating an active book club, organising Satsangs and the Annual Navaratri Programme.
  • Liaising a memorable cultural event during Kumbhabisekam involving 108 local Bharathanatyam dancers and renowned musicians.

A medical practice manager by profession, my strengths are people skills, communication, connectivity, and teamwork.

 

I pledge,

  • Pure unbiased service done as an offering to God.
  • MC works in respectful and productive partnerships with non-MC Volunteers.
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability. Sharing Minutes, Financials and enabling email communication for election campaigning.
  • HSV involves in Charitable work.
  • Temple complex is a nonpartisan, sacred sanctuary for all Hindus where devotees’ sentiments are respected, Hindu Dharma is upheld in its pristine form, and fresh food is served at Temple Canteen with the spirit of loving Seva

Sriskantharajah Thiagarajah

Candidate for Committee Membership

Sriskantharajah Thiagarajah

I have been associated with HSV since 1986. From the time the temple was initiated in the temporary shed, my wife and I have been volunteering to make garlands on a weekly basis for the deities and as necessary for special occasions.

Earlier, I have served in the Management Committee twice. As an engineer, I was in the team to render my services in the construction of the Raja Gopurams and their Kumbabhishegam.

I used to give weekly talks about Hindu values to children and arrange monthly discourses and Satsungs for devotees from external sources.

From the year 2000 onwards, I continued to remain a volunteer and decided not to be in the committee.

Now, I notice that the focus of the Temple is drifting away from spirituality and moving towards materialism. I want to emphasise to the future management committee, the difference between God’s ways and man’s ways of reaching the goals of spiritualism and the necessity to follow only the God’s ways.

Thevabalan Santhiramouleesan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Thevabalan Santhiramouleesan

I am an ardent devotee and well-wisher. I have been involved in temple’s growth by my seva to the temple. Volunteering is a way of life for me. I enjoy participating in all Volunteering activities in the Temple and Canteen.

I believe love & honesty in our heart in every aspect of our activities lead to everyone being happy and close to god.

I believe in unity, patience, empathy, kindness and practicing one’s faith in life by example.

My vision is,

  • Adhere to dharma & welcome all devotes with equal respect.
  • Bring new volunteers to HSV to foster the spirit of Seva, and ensure we vibrant Volunteer community
  • MC work as servants of the members by demonstrating respect & openness to all members.
  • Invite members as observers to MC meetings
  • Make recordings of MC meetings available to members in HSV website.
  • Modernised election & communications using electronic technology.
  • Fresh food is served to devotees at the Temple Canteen with kind hospitality.
  • Transparency and accountability. Minutes and Financials are made available to members
  • Temple should be involved in Charity for the needy. The focus of HSV should be on serving devotees, enabling Seva and worship than commercial profits.

Surya Venkata Rajeswar Susarla

Candidate for Committee Membership

Surya Venkata Rajeswar Susarla

 

🙏🏼.

 

 

Kugathas Navaneetharajah

Candidate for Committee Membership

Kugathas Navaneetharajah

 

🙏🏼.

 

 

Nadesan Sundaresan (Sundar, 66 yrs)

Candidate for Committee Membership

Nadesan Sundaresan (Sundar, 66 yrs)

Background: Sri Lankan Tamil of South Indian origin & studied at St. Benedict’s, Colombo. Qualified engineer & VET trainer with master’s degree. Migrated to Sydney in 1990 & moved to Melbourne in 1995.   Currently certified Tamil interpreter & community translator for last 10 years.

Hindu Community Services:

Life member of HSV for 25 years & served in Spiritual, Cultural & Educational sub-committees in past & organised the first charity concert of ‘SRISHTI’ in aid of ‘HSV Cultural & heritage Centre’ at Kel Watson Theatre in Sept’2004 & the ‘Hindu Sanathana  Dharma Festival’ at Springvale Town Hall in 2006 to name a couple.

Founded ‘Victorian Centre Hindu Studies’ in 2001 & organised many Hindu, Saivism, Siddantha talks, events & exhibitions. Affiliated with the Kauai Hindu Ashram of Hawaii & has coordinated spiritual programs of Satguru Bothinatha in Melbourne including visits to HSV temple. 

Tamil Community Services:

Founded ‘Tamil Society of Melbourne’ in 2002 & has organised many events & activities over the years including annual cultural events, literary talks, book releases, short film festivals etc. In Sept’2019 organised the release of ‘10 Volume Saiva Tamil Encyclopedia’ at , HSV Cultural Centre in Nov’19. 

Ranjini Somasundaram

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ranjini Somasundaram

 

🙏🏼.

 

 

Aravind Surapaneni

Candidate for Committee Membership

Aravind Surapaneni

 

I simply love the temple & what in can offer to younger generation. I am an ardent devotee and volunteer at temple. You would have seen at canteen or at temple in the background serving you & the lords.

I strongly believe that we never actually own the temple. We merely look after it for the next generation. All of us the members & the MC are custodians for a period.

Our duty is to make the temple a place which radiates love to all, places trust in devotees and a beacon of the Vedic greatness.

My vision is,

  • Adhere to dharma & welcome all devotes with equal respect.
  • Bring new volunteers to HSV to foster the spirit of Seva, and ensure we vibrant Volunteer community
  • Open the MC workings to our members.
  • Distribute the minutes, financial statements & meeting recordings to all members
  • MC to demonstrate the trust, respect & love to all members.
  • Invite members as observers to MC meetings
  • Modernised election & communications using electronic technology.
  • Make the elections a celebration of volunteering & skills contribution.
  • Make HSV a Vedic learning institution as one of its core activities.

 

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