Hindu Society of Victoria Annual General Meeting election for 2021/2022

Management Committee Candidate Statements



The following candidates have opted not to include a candidate statement

  • Balasubramaniam Rangarajan – President (elected without contest)
  • Muthukumaraswamy Manivasakan – Vice President
  • Usha Rani Gullapalli – Vice President
  • Tharmalingam Maheswaran – Secretary (elected without contest)
  • Inthirai Parameswaran –  Treasurer (elected without contest)
  • Rambabu Sammohinivis – Assistant Secretary ( elected without contest)
  • Simnathurai Yogapandithan – Assistant Treasurer (elected without contest)
  • Prathima Baleri – Committee Member
  • Prasad S Toraty – Committee Member 
  • Arooran Raveendran – Committee Member
  • Mohan Arunasalam – Committee Member
  • Kumaravelu Aiyathurai Jegatheeswaran – Committee Member
  • Ranjini Somasundaram – Committee Member
  • Neelahari Ratnasoth – Committee Member
  • Thiagalingam Vijayalingam – Committee Member
  • Pasupathidasan Cumaraswamy – Committee Member
  • Kugathas Navaneetharajah – Committee Member
  • Thavarajah Sriharan – 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.

Alageswaran Mukunthas

Candidate for Vice President

Alageswaran Mukunthas

The Temple has been part of my life from 2001. I am a devotee and a volunteer, helping to wash the Temple, clean lamps before every major festival and undertaking whatever chores need doing at the Temple.

I also volunteered in the Canteen with total commitment for four days a week for 15 years, helping the chef and serving at the counter. I was elected as Management Committee member in 2015 and became responsible for the management of purchases in the Canteen. In 2018/19, I served as the Chairperson for the Canteen and am proud to say that our Volunteer Team produced a turnover of approx. $1.3 million.

As part of the Kumbhabisekam Management Committee team, I helped secure value for money quotes, resulting huge savings in the 2019 Kumbabishekam expenses.

Coming from a humble background, I am honest, frank and the temple community’s volunteers wellbeing means a lot to me, and I will not hesitate to undertake any hard work for the Temple to thrive.

Serving all devotees to the best of my ability with respect and inclusion is my only purpose.

I wish to continue my Seva duties and enable a Seva oriented temple by contesting this election.

I declare that my candidate statement is true and correct, that it does not contain matter that may mislead or deceive a member in the casting of the member’s vote. 


Name: Alageswaran Mukunthas

Member number : L 937

Ampalavanar Yogatheschuran

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ampalavanar Yogatheschuran

My association with the temple commenced as a devotee in 1995 and I gradually developed as a volunteer, helping at the old kitchen, cleaning the temple and lamps before every major function, serving annathanam and performing any duties as required.

I have also volunteered at the temple canteen for over 20 years and sometimes even twice a day for long hours, helping the chef to cut vegetables and serve food at the counter. I also served as a committee member for a year in 2016/ 17, organising cultural functions during special festivals.

I am retired and experienced, having ample time to help in the temple and canteen, which justifies my standing as a candidate. I am an honest, kind and hard-working person with an attitude of developing a service-oriented temple.

I state that the above statement is correct, not misleading any member who is convinced to vote for HONESTY

Ampalavanar Yogaparan

Candidate for Committee Membership

Ampalavanar Yogaparan

Ampalavanar Yogaparan

Who am I?

Associated with HSV since 1985 and eventually involved as architect and town planner by assistingthe architect who designed the temple. Development
works spontaneously passed to me upon retirement of the architect and then I carried out for 20 years. Also provided technical advice whenever required and
assisted in resolving issues at critical times.

Reason for my standing as a candidate

Never intended to be in MC. When voluntary services are replaced with PAID workers, I have a deep concern of conversion of the temple into a commercial place, which defines my standing as a candidate with the blessings of Shri Shiva-Vishnu to re-establish ‘Seva’; a form of ‘Worship’ at our Temple, the core of Hinduism.

How and what will I deliver?

I will operate on Love is Religion, considering Religion should help people to become humane. 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.

Contact 0404043839 or kvt3archies@optusnet.com.au

Nagalingam Sivalingam

Candidate for Committee Membership

Nagalingam Sivalingam

I am interested in the Hind Society of Victoria (HSV) Management Committee member position.

I have extensive experience in voluntary services in various organisations.  I would very much like to participate in HSV’s activities with the purpose of providing an appreciable Place of Worship to all devotees, visitors and new comers; and to promote the cultural and tradition of Hinduism by volunteering my time and talents.

Venkata Nagabhushana Sarma Betanabhatla

Candidate for Committee Membership

Venkata Nagabhushana Sarma Betanabhatla

I (V N Sharma Betanabhatla) came to know about the Shiva Vishnu Temple in 1994 and have been a regular devotee at this temple since then. With an inherited culture of following the Hindu Dharmic values, my association with the temple activities increased. Having a passion for the arts and sports, I have served on various Boards and Executive committees of Not-For-Profit Organisations. Further to this, I have also served as Multicultural Ambassador for Australian Football League (AFL) and have helped refugees and migrants settle in Australian community through a VMC initiative.

I migrated to Australia with my wife Krishna in 1993. Completed a master’s degree in Information Technology with an emphasis on business management and electronic commerce.

I have been serving the HSV management committee since 2016 as Vice President and committee member positions.

Given an opportunity to serve the Hindu community through the HSV committee for the year 2021-2022, I would like to collaboratively work with other members to improve facilities for temple devotees, create an online function hall booking system, ensure the patrons of Café Annapoorani enjoy a positive experience, and involve myself in generating funds for the upcoming Multipurpose functional hall. Noting the times, we live in, I would also work hard to create a culture of safety and security by ensuring that all patrons are following COVID government guidelines.