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Temple Timings 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
By the prophecy that the numbers of the Hindus believers will swell in Australia...the idea of SVT arose and this temple was constructed in the traditional Indian architecture based on Agama Sastras so that it would be a light house for spiritual guidance and solace. The Sri Venkateswara Temple Association was formed on 17th November 1978 in Sydney The Mahakumbhabhishekam (consecration of the temple by sacred waters) of the Lord Ganapathi ( Sri Varasiddhi Vinayagar) and the Main temple of Sri Venkateswara, Sri Maha Lakshmi and Sri Andal took place on 30th June, 1985 with ample good will and support from a very wide circle of devotees both in Australia and abroad. The Tirupathi Tirumala Devasthanam was helpful by giving us both encouragement and financial help. Our temple has a full complement of priests to serve the devotees for poojas and other family occasions such as Wedding, Birthdays and Private Functions including Car or House Warming etc.. The priests are all very well qualified and well versed in Agama Sastras & languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu besides English. Devotees have praised their high standard of performance and the manner in which poojas and abhisekams are conducted with dedication & quality. We have taken steps to ensure that the temple will always have the required number of priests at major functions by employing additional local priests as & when required.
The Construction of Sri Venkateswara Temple started in 1978 when a small group of people had a vision to build a Hindu temple according to Vedic principles (Agama Sastras). They selected this divine site in Helensburgh because "it is said the gods always play where groves are, near rivers, mountains and springs and in towns with pleasure -gardens " -Brihatsamhita. According to the ancient principles of Hindu temple construction, there are five requirements: The proposed site for a Hindu Temple should be a virgin land...a forest...ideally in an island with plenty of water source located in a coast line. It is significant to note that the Sri Venkateswara Temple site has met all of the five requirements. As per the saying ‘Gopura Darisanam Kodi Punyam’...meaning the sight of a Temple tower is worth 10 million pious activities!! Hence it should be the first object visible to us whenever we approach any temple. So the construction of the Rajagopuram forms a very important aspect of the construction of a Hindu temple. Our temple, being a Siva Vishnu Temple, will have two Rajagopurams.
How to get there? Helensburgh is about 40 km south of Sydney Central (CBD) on the way to Wollongong. It is a pleasant an hour drive from most parts of Sydney. Plenty of free car parking is available at the temple. By Train: Take the train from Central Station to Wollongong and get off at Helensburgh Railway Station. From there its about a few kms to the temple. Buses leave from Helensburgh Railway Station every hour from 9.00 am till 4.00 pm. By Road: The Temple is located off the Freeway (F1) to Wollongong. Please ensure to take the Helensburgh Exit.
Pavitra Utsavam Nitya Naimitya Dosha Vivartanam -The purification Ceremony. In the course of performing the daily & periodical ceremonies & festivals at the temple, occasional lapses occur despite every effort to maintain correctness. Pavitrotsavam aims to seek pardon of the deities for such unintentional lapses. The purifactory function of Pavitrotsavam is performed once a year. In Tirumala, for Lord Venkateswara, the ritual lasts 3 days starting on Sravana suddha sukla dasami (the tenth waxing lunar day in the month of Sravana). At Srirangam Ranganatha temple, a much more elaborate festival is conducted lasting 10 days in the solar month of Avani (Simha). In our temple, it commences on Friday 18th (Subha Muhurtha day) and continues on Sat 19th with 108 Kalasa pooja with Homam, Chanting of Vedas and Sunday 20th with Maha Poornahuthi. Karthigai Somavaram: Somavara Vratam: One of the name of Lord shiva is soma - saha uma. For the Lord someshvara Who wears the soma, the moon crescent on the matted hair, on the somavara day (Monday), this festival is observed. Why Karthikai Somavaram? Though all Mondays can be observed as vrata there are special mondays when it is much more emphasised like the shrAvaNa somvAr and kArthikai sOmavAram. According to skandha purANa, on the Mondays of the month kArthikai (mid Nov to mid Dec) this vrata is specially observed. Our Temple Celebrates Karthikai Somavaram on Four Mondays with Visesha Abhishekam for Lord Shiva (5.30pm), followed by Alankaram & Deeparadhana. The fourth Somavaram is special with 108 Sangu Abhishekam... Hanuman Jayanthi: Sri Hanuman, the son of Vayu Deva or the Wind-God, epitomizes knowledge, devotion, strength, humility, siddhi and courage. He is symbolized for his unwavering dedication to righteousness, unstinting performance of entrusted duties, and unfailing talents in serving his master Sri Rama. He is given the role of a guru in several South Indian traditions, for his uniting Rama with Sita is likened to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realise the divine. He symbolizes the pinnacle of bhakti, and is also seen as an avatar of Shiva.
Both Shiva and Balaji temples regularly hold major community events, such as Sankara Jayanthi, Annamcharya Jayanthi or special Bhajans, Carnatic or Hindustani musical events, Children's events, Gita/Upanishad Lectures, Swamiji Talks and other functions both indoor & outdoor. Temple can provide full Event Management support from concept to execution, promotion/advertisements, email notifications, stage & sound systems, catering etc. We also encourage community & family groups to rganise such art/cultural events at suburbs, in aid of Temple Funds, for the promotion of religious education for children. Temple can assist with 'Darshan' of Utsavamoorthy by Priests.