SVT Sydney Balalayam

Maha Kumbabhishekam work commences with Balalayam at Siva Temple!


As part of the Maha Kumbabhishekam, it is customary to undertake repairs, renovation and revamping of the Temple in all possible ways to provide enhanced and more pleasant and satisfying user experience to our devotees. This process has been going on for the last two years. I am pleased to advise you that the next step in this process, Balalayam, is to commence soon.

What is Balalayam?

Balalayam is a small temporary structure installed to accommodate the deities while the renovation work is progress inside the shrines. The divine presence of the deities is transferred from the Moolavar Moorthies to the holy water in the Kalasams.  The Kalasams are in place atop the Balalayam and the routine pujas are performed to the Kalasams and Utsava Moorthies while the renovation work is in progress.

As part of the renovation during the period of Balalayam in Siva Temple, following enhancements are planned for, in addition to the routine repairs:

  • Provision of high-quality protective, easy-maintenance and strong Wall and Floor Covering;
  • Provision of Hot water facility inside the shrines;
  • Provision of improved Water Drains at various places;
  • Painting inside the shrines

We will be commencing Balalayam at all the Shrines in Siva Temple under the guidance of Sri. Sivarajan Gurukkal, our Chief Priest at Siva Temple, and our Sthapathy Sri. Nagarajan Sivaramakrishnan. The Schedule for the event is detailed below:

Balalayam timings:  

Commencement: Sunday, the 3rd July, 2022 between 10 and 11 AM

As a prelude to Balalayam, on Saturday the 2nd July from 3 PM onwards, other rituals like Vigneshwara Puja, Sangalpam, Vaasthu Shanthi, Mrithsangrahanam, Rakshabhandanam, Kalakarshanam, Kalasa Pooja Homam, Poornahathi and Deeparadhana will be performed.  On the following day, Sunday, the 3rd July 2022, between 10 and 11 AM, the second stage of rituals such as Yagasalai Pooja, Maha Poornahathi Deepaaradhanai and Kalasa Abhishegam Mahadeepaarradhanai will be performed.

Conclusion: Sunday, the 10th July, 2022 between 10 and 11 AM

On Saturday, the 9th July, commencing from 3:30 PM onwards, similar pujas will be performed and also between 10 and 11 AM on Sunday, the Balalayam conclusory rituals will be performed to transfer the divine presence of the deities to the Moolavar Moorthies.

Similar work will be undertaken at Perumal Shrine also in due course.


You are cordially invited to attend these functions and seek the blessings of God.

Below are the estimated costs for all the repairs, renovation and upgrade work in Siva Temple, listed above.

Sri Varasakthi Vinayakar Sannidhi renovation: $30,001

Sri Chandra Mouleeswarar Sannidhi renovation: $70,001

Sri Thiripura Sundari Sannidhi renovation: $70,001

Sri Subramanya Swami Sannidhi renovation: $40,001

Sri Navagraha Sannidhi renovation – $15,001

Sri Dura Sannidhi renovation: $15,001

Siva Temple internal renovation: $55,001

Siva Temple Main Gopuram: $75,001

Donations are solicited from our patrons and well-wishers for all these repair, renovation and upgrade. Please be advised that any amount of donation, small or big will be gratefully accepted.

Further to these renovation work listed, as part of the Maha Kumbabhishekam, a number of Scupltures, Yazhies, Beedams, Steps etc., will also installed at various places inside and atop the walls. They are at the moment being packed and expected to be shipped in the next few weeks.


Dr Kanag Baska


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