Victoria government grants $160,000 funding to famous temple

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Victorian State Government is providing over $160,000 to Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple (Hindu Society of Victoria) in Carrum Downs for up-gradation.

Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott stated in a release: “The upgrades to the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple will help our Hindu community enshrine and share their values of compassion, selflessness, harmony, tolerance and respect.” “Government is promoting an inclusive society where every Victorian can preserve and share their culture and traditions in spaces of their own heritage”, the release adds.

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Hindu Society of Victoria was launched in 1982 and Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple was consecrated in 1994. It opens daily at 07:30 am. Besides the sanctuary, it also includes a “Divine Museum”, “Spiritual School”, library, Café; and conducts yoga classes. “Navagraha Homam” costs $351, “Milk Abishekam” $151 and “Car Pooja” $51. Dr. Koteswara Rao Sanagapalli is the President of its Executive Committee.

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Hinduism grew by 60% in Australia during 2011-2016, raising the numbers of Hindus to 440,300; according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release referring to 2016 Census of Population and Housing. It was now the fourth largest religion in Australia after Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.