HELENSBURGH is one of the famous Hindu temples in the southern hemisphere and is held in veneration by all devotees.
The temple is built on top of a hilly area 400 feet above sea level. The temple has four 'Praharam' (encircling corridors).
Helensburgh is a place of natural beauty with hills and groves surrounding it where Lord Balaji (Sri Venkateswara) with Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shiva (Shri Chandramouliswarar) along with Sri Tripurasundari remained here bestowing their blessing to the devotees.
Significance of the Sri Venkateswara Temple
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.
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.