A temple dedicated to Shankaracharya, eminent Guru of Hinduism, was opened after five years of wait for public on 20th June 2010, Sunday. Shree Sharadamba Hindu Temple Complex is built at the cost of 11 million dollars. This temple consists Sringeri Sharadamba Temple and the Aadi Shankaracharya Museum.
After five years of wait, Shree Sharadamba Hindu Temple complex, built at a whopping cost of 11 million dollars to stand as “a testament to Canada and India’s proud traditions of pluralism”, was finally opened for the public here.
The complex which consists Sringeri Sharadamba Temple and the Adi Shankara Museum, was consecrated yesterday in a ritual known as “Kumbhabhishekam”. The complex is the first in Canada that is dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya, a saint who lived in India 1,300 years ago and played a great role in uplifting Hinduism.
On the occasion the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “The complex stands as a testament to Canada and India’s proud traditions of pluralism. This place of worship is an important landmark and a fitting tribute to Hindu community’s
place in Canada’s cultural landscape.”
Harper felt that Canada is “fortunate” to have a large and dynamic Indian community. “The fabric of Canadian life continues to be immeasurably enriched by Indian contribution. I am certain that this new temple and museum will foster fellowship among Hindu Canadians in the Greater Toronto areas for generations to come.” The Prime Minister’s views were equivocally supported by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
“I applaud members of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation for making this worthwhile project a reality. Thanks to your collective vision and hard work, the temple will serve as a proud symbol of unity and will be instrumental in preserving and promoting Hindu culture and traditions in Ontario,” McGuinty said.
He commended the contributions made by the Indo-Canadian community in social, economic and cultural fabric of the province.
Over 10,000 devotees joined in the consecration in which priests scaled the Sringeri Temple’s new tower, typical of South Indian architecture. Four of the priests poured over its carved facade sacred water from the Ganges and Yamuna and other rivers of India. Ravi Subramanian, Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation Trustee Board Chairman, said “I think this temple will stand out as something unique that can be seen from some distance. I would hope that anybody who comes to the temple would find it a place where they will feel relaxed. It’s like a sanctuary of peace among the bustling heart of Toronto.”
Affiliated to Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam, Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri. SVBF (Canada) is epicenter of Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri’s Canadian activities. Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada dedicates temple and cultural center at Etobicoke, Toronto to followers of Sanatana Dharma.
Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada is under directives of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas who presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom – the Vyakhyana Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham. Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation will uphold the activities of the Peetham and serve as a beacon light of Sanatana Dharma for its followers in Canada and North America.
Address & Location of SVBF, Canada
For further information, please contact any of the following:
Email :[email protected]
TEMPLE :(416) 745-1010
80 Brydon Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 4N6
You may also call the following persons if the temple lines are busy. Please use the temple phone number for all your enquiries and avoid calling the below numbers. The phone numbers below are only for Emergency purposes
Contact Numbers of Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada
Thiagarajan – 905-956-4782
Param Bhat 905-737-9040
Gayithri Ramachandra – 416-431-7080
Raghu Ranganathan – 416-519-3377
Hari Ramanathan (Dadu) 905-744-0025