Wednesday 28 September 2022 | Aso Sud 3, Samvat 2078

Wed 28 Sep 2022

Introduction

The Mandir (temple) in Perth is the principal Mandir in Australia of the Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan – the worldwide centre for spiritual, cultural and social welfare, based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The Organisation was founded by Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, the founding Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi – the divine office of Lord Shree Swaminarayan.

The divine inspiration for the establishment of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Embleton - Perth, was graciously bestowed by World Peace Ambassador - His Divine Holiness, Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj.

History

From the late 1990’s devotees of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan migrated to Perth from Kenya, the UK and India congregating at a devotee’s house in Churchlands every Sunday.

Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal Perth INC was established as a non-profit incorporated association in Western Australia in April 2010. The association registered as a Western Australian religious charity in November 2017 and shortly after purchased the Embleton premises.

By the divine grace and blessings of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the first Mandir of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan was established in Perth, Western Australia.

During His vicharan to Australia in 2017, Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gave encouragement to disciples living in Perth to identify suitable premises for a new Mandir. Such a site was found in Embelton, an inner-city suburb of Perth, which is the capital city of Western Australia. Having purchased the site, the disciples requested His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to bless the new Mandir premises. World Peace Ambassador Acharya Swamishree Maharaj graciously accepted their prayers, and visited Perth for a 5 day vicharan together with a group of eminent Sants and disciples from around the world in mid-2018, shortly after purchasing the temple premises.

Together with local dignitaries, Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj performed the formal opening of the new site. After consecrating the Mandir building, plans were made for grand Murti Pratishtha and ceremonial opening festival to be held in April 2020. However, this was not possible due to the world pandemic.

Consequently, the wish of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj for a new Mandir in Australia was realised in April 2022, when His spiritual heir, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj performed the Murti Pratishtha ceremony at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Embleton, Perth.