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 temple compound.
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 Hindu culture.