Temple Timings

Days Morning 
Monday to Friday 7 am to 12 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, Sunday 7 am to 1 pm & 6 pm to 9 pm

About the Temple

In August 1989, a group of Indians formed a trust called “The Hindu Society of Victoria”, to build The Vinayagar temple.

A resident of Melbourne Mr. Shan Pillai along with his family set out on a pilgrimage trip to India in Sep 1989, on reaching Chennai they ordered the panchaloha vigraham of Lord Gajanan on 25th Oct 1989.

While returning from the holy trip Swamigal Sri Jeyandra Saraswati Ji blessed Mr. Pillai’s family with the granite statue of Ganesha to be installed in Australia.

1st Jan 1990 marks a milestone in temple history when over 700 devotees gathered to witness Sangabhishegam to Panchaloga Vinayagar.

At this juncture, a lottery was drawn and Mr. J Maheswaran was selected as a trustee and became a life member paying $5000.

On 7th March 1990, Melbourne Vinayagar Hindu Sangam (MVHS) was registered, and on 29th May 1990 the Sangam was born with divine intention to build Lord Vinayagar temple

Temple Deities and their significance

Lord Ganesha (also known by several names Vignanivaraka- meaning obstacle remover, Vakrathunda, Ekadanta, and so on) son of Mata Parvati and Shiva.

Tamilians fondly call him “pillayar” meaning a noble child.

Vinayagar is the 1st God to offer salutation at the start of any rituals, with a potbelly and head of an elephant, seated on a little mouse, this is his grandeur.

Navagraha, Shiva, Vairavara, hanuman, sandigeshwarar, Murugan, and so on are the deities present in the temple.

Festivals/Important Functions held

  • Aavani Sathurthi Program: Special Archana is performed throughout the day for $20
Time Ritual
7 am -1 pm Sangabishekam
2 pm – 9 pm Sahasranama archanai


  • Baavanotsavam

This is the only temple in Australia to celebrate Sri Baavanotsavam(a ten-day festival that starts, and concludes on Aavani Chaturti day)

Four special types of uthsavam related to baavanotsavam

  1. Sakalyam: Annual grand function
  2. Baavanam: 2nd huge celebration of lord Ganesha
  3. Shanti
  4. Mankalayam

Baavanotsavam signifies the connection of our aatma(soul) with the divine Paramatma (GOD), during which divine stories of lord Vignavar are recited to the devotees.

Major festivals of the Hindu community like Ganesha Chaturti, Ekadashi, Maha Shivaratri, and so on are celebrated in temple.

Canteen Facility on temple premises

Days Occasion Time
Tue & Fri Dinner 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays Dinner 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Sat & Sun Lunch 11.30 am – 2.00 pm

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