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Society for Tamil God seeks more members

The New Zealand Hindu Temple Society, which is constructing a Temple for Hindu God Murugan, has appealed for financial donations and equally important, new members.

Society Secretary Ilango Krishanmoorthy said that construction work at the plot of land located at 69 Tidal Road in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere is in progress.

“It is a once-in-a-life time opportunity to be involved in the construction of a Temple. Such an opportunity arises only out of Divine Desire and Divine Ordainment. Even in the bygone era of Emperors and Kings, such opportunity was afforded only to the rich and elite. However, our humble effort in New Zealand involves Hindus and anyone in fact who evinces interest in such projects,” he said.

Volunteers needed

Mr Krishnamoorthy said that as well as new members, the Temple Society was in need of volunteers who are able to devote up to four hours of their time every week to attend to various tasks relating to the Organisation and the Temple Project.

He also appealed to the current members to renew their membership for the year 2014-2015 and that such renewals can be through by cheques or by direct credit to the Bank account of The New Zealand Hindu Temple Society at ASB Bank (Account Number 12-3077-0531305-000) with the name of the person along with his or her membership number as reference.

Current Temple

Established by Mr Krishnamoorthy and Jeevan Siva in 1996, the Society currently owns and manages the Thiru Subramaniam Temple of Auckland located at 41 Stanhope Road, Mt Wellington.

Open from 7 pm to 830 pm on weekdays with additional hours (1030 am to 1230 pm) on weekends, the Temple Priest conducts Poojas and Abishekams for the Presiding Deity Lord Murugan, Lord Ganesha, Shiva Lingam, Lord Venkatachalapathi (Balaji), Lord Iyyappa, Goddess Amman and the Navagrahas. Special Poojas are conducted on Sankatahara Chathurthi, Sasti, and Prathosam.

A number of other organisations such as the Vedanta Study Circle, Shirdi Saibaba and Ramayan Mandil use the Temple for conducting Bhajans and spiritual discourses.

Weekly activities

Mr Krishnamoorthy said that the weekly activities of the Society include spiritual discourses and songs in the name of ‘Aalayam Broadcasting’ on Planet FM 104.6 every Saturday at 830 am and Cricket matches (Indoor during winter and outdoor during summer) under the aegis of ACS Sports Club.

“We are also conducting classes for children (under Aalayam Cultural and Languages School) on devotional songs and Tamil every Saturday from 3 pm to 430 pm. Our annual programme includes blood donation on Environment Seva Day,” he said.

Additional information can be obtained from Mr Krishnamoorthy on (09) 2638854 or 021-739879; or Society President Vai Ravindran on (09) 6278008.

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