Sri Ganesha temple Adelaide all set for expansion

Sri Ganesha temple in Oaklands Park to spend $600,000 on expansion


Apr 2, 2017

THE Sri Ganesha Temple in Oaklands Park is planning a $600,000 expansion so its Hindu community can host bigger events and classes.The Hindu Society of SA has lodged plans with Marion Council for the work, which includes demolishing a house next door to the Dwyer Rd temple.It plans to build a new outdoor cooking area and bigger auditorium, and extend a hall and dining room.Chief priest Sivasri Kurukkal said the number of people attending regular services had jumped from about five to 100 since he joined the temple in 1990.“Lots of professional people have migrated here from India, Singapore and Malaysia,” he said.

The State Heritage-listed temple features shrines to Hindu gods, and has become popular with school groups seeking to learn more about the religion.“People want to know how we do our services and how Hindu people worship,” Mr Kurukkal said.He said the renovations would make way for bigger cultural events, study groups and classes in dancing and languages.Temple president Siva Selva said the organisation also needed a bigger venue for hosting weddings.“When we have a wedding, we have to cram all the people inside here,” he said.

The group has applied to the State Government for a $50,000 grant and the Federal Government for $350,000.“A lot of our members are doctors so they’ve helped us with donations,” Mr Selva said.He said he hoped to have a clearer idea of whether the group was successful in its funding bids by October.If not, it would try again in future rounds and complete the upgrade over a longer time frame.The Hindu group bought their temple — then a Lutheran Church — in 1985.Marion Council’s Development Assessment Panel is expected to consider the application in October.

source: Adelaidenow

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