- Street: 123 – 125 Effra Road
- City / Town: Wimbledon
- Zip/Postal Code: SW19 8PU
- Mobile/Phone No: 0208 542 7482
- website: http://www.ghanapathytemple.org.uk
- Listed: July 29, 2015 3:46 pm
- Expires: 88489 days, 4 hours
In August 1980, the Churchill Halls in Effra Road were purchased and internal alterations carried out according to the guidelines laid down in our ancient scriptures. The adjoining church hall was converted into a Sai Mandir – a prayer hall dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, which was opened on 1st January 1981. Lord Ghanapathy is the God who is worshipped by all Hindus throughout the world and, in September 1981, the Shree Ghanapathy Temple was opened with a grand and lavish Maha Kumbabishekham, making it the first fully consecrated Hindu Temple in Europe.
From its first service in 1981, the Temple has grown and adapted to the changing needs of our Hindu Community. Our focus has shifted from that of purely ritualistic worship, to a more holistic approach to providing for the spiritual, moral and emotional needs of our devotees. So, although we perform all the services of a traditional Hindu Temple e.g. regular religious services, Hindu festivals, births, weddings and death ceremonies etc., we also arrange talks and discussion groups by experts in religion, and philosophy, we conduct yoga and meditation classes and also health seminars during the year.
Volunteers from the Merton Sai Centre, who meet regularly at the Sai Mandir for worship and other religious activities, form a core group of volunteers from the Mandir and the Temple who help with many community projects within the London Borough of Merton, including meals on wheels, food for the homeless, hampers for the elderly and conservation work. Each year we also have over 3000 local children, students, teachers and members of other faiths, who come to the Temple to learn more about Hinduism. The principle ethos that runs through all our work is that “Service to Man is Service to God”.
The Temple administration has a good balance of young men and women who bring new ideas and a fresh approach to the Temple, and also a group of older, more experienced members of the community, who help to keep the traditions and original vision of the Temple alive. This Temple was created to serve our people, to give spiritual and emotional comfort to all those who need it. We have no fixed rates for basic religious services at the Temple – thus allowing people to give what they wish or what they can afford. Our basic principle is that the Temple is open to all who wish to come and pray, regardless of wealth or status, social background or creed. We have gained a reputation for being an unmaterialistic temple, and the Lord has rewarded us by always giving us the money and resources whenever we needed it for His work.
We hope you enjoy using this webpage, which was created by dedicated young devotees of our Temple and Sai Mandir. Please feel free to e-mail us about your views, or any suggestions you might have regarding additions to the website or new projects for the Temple and Sai Mandir. We look forward to seeing you at the Temple, and we pray that Lord Ghanapathy will shower His blessings upon you and guide you in the good work that you do in the future.
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