Holy Pilgrimage - Hindu temples in Foreign Countries -6

Holy Pilgrimage  - Hindu temples in Foreign Countries

Sringeri Temple of Toronto, Canada

The Sringeri Sharadamba Temple of Toronto (Tamil: ஸ்ரிங்கேரி ேகாவில்), (Kannada- ಟೊರೊಂಟೊ ಶ್ರಿಂಗೆರಿ ದೆವಸ್ಥಾನ }}) is a Hindu temple in the Etobicoke region of Toronto dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba. It is more popularly known as SVBF Canada or Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation Canada. The temple is modelled after the original 8th century Shringeri Sharadamba Temple located at Shringeri in Karnataka, India.

Built at a cost of $11 million, the temple was consecrated with waters from more than 250 rivers from around the world  on Sunday, June 20, 2010.  Over 10,000 devotees joined in the consecration in which priests scaled the temple's gopuram and poured sacred water over its carved facade.  The Maha Kumbhabhishekam ceremony was recorded for live and delayed broadcast by several TV channels, including ATN, Tamil One, Omni Television, Vision TV, TV Asia, Star News, Jaya TV and others, as well as numerous radio and print media, giving the event global coverage  On the occasion the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "The complex stands as a testament to Canada's and India's proud traditions of pluralism. This place of worship is an important landmark and a fitting tribute to the Hindu community's place in Canada's cultural landscape

The temple has a rajagopuram following the style of South Indian temple architecture. It occupies about 30000 sq ft. of land, with marble and granite imported from India. The 3 main features of the temple are a 30ft. Gopuram, an 18ft. Mandapam and a ceremonial passageway depicting the main events in the life of Adi Sankaracharya  The temple has an occupancy of about 500 persons. The granite and marble flooring of the temple is provided with heating for the winter.
The Sringeri Community Centre was inaugurated on 13th December, 2008 and the newly renovated temple was inaugurated on 20 June, 2010.
SVBF Canada aims to propagate universal values of higher learning and personal development for communities across Canada based on the age old Indian traditions. It is apt to recognize that the name “Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation” was chosen to bring the blessings of the current 36th Acharya His Holiness Jagadaguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal and the previous 35 th Acharya His Holiness Jagadaguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Mahaswamigal.
There are ten shrines inside the temple dedicated to the following deities.


The current Trustees of the organization are
  • Dr S Yegnasubramanian, Chairman of SVBF, Canada. Chairman of the SVBF, USA. The Hindu American Temple and Cultural Center (Sri Guruvayurappan temple), and the Sanatana Dharma Foundation, USA.
  • Ravi Subramanian, Founder & President of SVBF Canada
  • Padmashree Dr. V. R. Gowrishankar, CEO & Administrator of Sringeri Sharada Peetham
  • Dr. V.I Lakshamanan
  • Chand Kapoor
  • S. Thiagarajan
  • Dr. Parameshwara Bhat
8.30 am to 11.30 am
4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
8.30 am to 8.30 pm

St. John's Hindu Temple, Canada

The St. John's Hindu Temple is located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In 1975 Hindus established a Hindu temple in Mount Pearl, Swami Chinmayananda donated a marble statue of Krishna which was installed by Swami Dayananda. The temple functioned as an independent organization with the name Chinmaya Mission St. John's
In 1995, a new temple was constructed in the east end of St. John's where most Hindus live, and subsequently it was renamed Hindu Temple St. John's Association.
All major Hindu festivals are celebrated in this temple. The temple participates in several local ethno-cultural and community projects and events. Children perform a weekly puja on Sunday mornings, and the temple is regularly visited by other groups of school children
The Hindu Temple in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is located in St. John’s  in the town of Mount Pearl about 15 kms away from the current location. In 1995, a new temple was constructed in the east end of St.John's where most of the Hindus live. The idol of Lord Krishna from the temple in Mount Pearl was moved as per Vedic tradition and installed & consecrated in the current temple in St. John’s

In the main Mandir hall, regular Puja service is performed in a collective way, every Sunday starting from 10.45 a.m. Children in the Community perform the simple 16 step puja every Sunday. Following this devotees sing bhajans until 11.30 a.m.  From 11.30 a.m. to 12.10 p.m., while adults discuss a religious/spiritual topic or sing more bhajans, age specific teaching is imparted to children in the adjoin rooms through narration of moral stories and lessons, or through appropriate activities. At 12.15 p.m. children return to mail hall for Arati. Following this Prasad is distributed. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated in the temple. In the recent years, Hindu Community through temple has been involved in multi-faith activities. It has been spearheading Annual multi-faith symposia on Spirituality since 2006. Compassion is at the very foundation of Hindu religion. 

Main deities at the Temple

Major festivals celebrated

Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir, Canada

Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir Association विश्व्वा शक्ति दुर्गा मन्दिर् (VSDMA) was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization to promote the religious, social, and cultural activities of Indo-Canadians in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir is their temple in the National Capital Region of Canada. It is located in The Glebe neighborhood off Bank Street. Devi Durga and other Pujas are held each evening, and special services are held each Sunday starting at 11:00 AM

Temple operations

The temple serves both as a religious and a cultural centre for the Hindus in the area. Major events that are routinely held at the temple or performed by the Pandit Ravindra Narain Panday ji are the engagement ceremony, marriages, Namakaran, Annaprashana, Mundan Sanskar, Havan, Bhoomi Pooja, Vastu Shanti/Graha Pravesh, Satyanarayan Pooja, Navagraha Pooja, and Maata Ki Chowki.


Matha devotees Leena Shukla and the late Rama Juneja originally conceived the idea of having a Durga mandir in the National Capital Region of Canada, and they were the founding members of the temple. Inspired by their efforts, Surinder Sumra joined them as co-founder a few months later. The name Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir Association (VSDMA) for the temple was suggested by Maharaj Ji of India.
Pandit Ravindra Narain Panday Ji accepted the reins of the temple’s priesthood in mid-December 1997. These included regular Sunday services, other required services, and services at devotee's homes. The Community Center at Bellman Street served as the temple's temporary location until May 1998.
With expanding membership, the temple moved to the Community Center at the corner of Bank Street and Riverside Drive in June 1998. The temple later moved once again to another Community Center on Somerset Street East. The temple's present location on Clary Avenue became its permanent home in September 2005. During the following years, the auspicious Sthapana of the Moorties of Maa Durga, Ram Parivar, Radha Krishan, Shiv Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu, Hanuman, and Shiv Ling took place. Membership continues to grow.

Main deities

Major festivals

  • Navratra: Vasant Navaratras (March–April) and Sharana Navratras (September–October) are celebrated for nine days at the temple. There is Mata Ki Chowki on Saturdays during that week.
  • Krishna Janmashtami
  • Diwali: Diwali is celebrated with Laxmi Pooja on the day of Diwali. The temple also organises a Diwali dinner and dance night in October or November every year.
  • Maha Shivratri
  • Holi
  • Karva Chauth


The main purpose of the temple is to promote Hinduism in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, and Canada.
  • Religious goal: To cater to the religious needs of the community in accordance with traditional Hindu philosophy
  • Cultural goal: To cultivate a better understanding of Indian culture and heritage for the coming generation
  • Social goal: To promote social activities leading to social cohesion and human betterment
  • Educational goal: To promote the learning of Indian languages, leading to a better understanding of the Indian literature and philosophies



Brahmrishi Mission of Canada

H.H. Brahmrishi Shri Vishvatma Bawra Ji Maharaj

It is a well-known fact that our inner demand is to achieve eternal happiness and that happiness is the result of inner peace. This is not only the demand of an individual but is the demand of a family, society, state, nation and the world as a whole. Although our every effort is directed at fulfilling this indispensable inner demand but resultantly we are receiving the reverse of it in the form of physical sickness, mental disturbance, intellectual instability and endless calamities. The root cause of all these miseries is the intellectual disease called nescience. Individuation and egotism are the symptoms of this disease. When our intellect is under such influences it is polluted and becomes impure. In that impure state it becomes bound and loses its own real nature of eternal happiness and peace. The Vedic seers proclaimed that all these sufferings and calamities can be annihilated only by living a disciplined life in the light of divine wisdom, through which one can be able to fulfill one's indispensable inner demand.

The aim of Brahmrishi Mission is to teach and propagate Vedic ideology and its divine way of life, through which every one can be able to realize eternal truth and resultantly visualizing unity in diversity, oneness in all. This will contribute towards universal brotherhood among mankind based on mutual love and service.
The Sri Ram Dham Hindu Temple is a representative of real India. It is not only a place of worship; it is also a cultural and educational center of higher learning. Brahmvidya, the knowledge of the Absolute, is the symbol of our philosophy and science of yoga is the symbol of our life. Our actions and our philosophy, our actions and our ideology, both will be related with the Science of the Absolute and the Science of Yoga.
The facilities provided by the temple are for all those who seek it without any discrimination of caste, color, creed, country or faith. All are welcome to learn and achieve divine wisdom. This will ultimately lead the practitioner to a disciplined yogic way of life and elevate him from a lower to a higher state of existence
11am–1pm- Satsang with Bhajan, Spiritual Discourses, Aartie & Preeti Bhoj
after evening Aartie, Satsang with Hanuman Chalisa & Ramayan Path
Last weekend of every month. Starts on Saturday 11 am, ends on Sunday services
To sponsor the Preeti Bhoj or the Akhand Ramayan Path, please contact or call
Swami Chaitanya Jyoti (Didiji) @ (519) 579-1486, Or Swami Haripriya @ (519) 579-2713


Note: Summer timings apply

Mandir open
7.30 am
7.00 am
Morning Aarti
8.30 am
8.00 am 
Raj Bhog 
12.30 pm
12.30 pm 
Mandir closed
2.00 pm
2.00 pm
Mandir open
5.00 pm
5.00 pm
Evening Aarti
7.30 pm
8.00 pm
Mandir closed
9.00 pm
9.30 pm
Tuesday Satsang
7.30pm-9.00 pm
8.00pm - 9.30 pm 
Sunday Satsang
                     11.00 am - 1.00 pm


At the temple one can attend different kind of classes. The classes and their time- day tables are as follows:
Yoga Classes
6:15 PM to   7:30 PM
Yoga Classes
9:15 AM to 10:15 AM
Sanskrit Classes
Thursday & Wednesday
6:00 PM to   7:30 PM
Bharatnatyam Dance Classes
6:30 PM to   7:30 PM
Bal Vihar Course
Tuesdays 12 March-30 April 2013  
6:00 PM to   7:30 PM
Vegetarian Cooking Classes
Dates for next course
to be announced
6:00 PM to   7:30 PM
You are most welcome to join the classes and increase your knowledge. For info about the classes, contact or call Swami Chaitanya Jyoti (Didiji) @ (519) 579-1486 Or Swami Haripriya @ (519) 579-2713, or e-mail.

Brahmarishi Mission Of Canada
Shri Ram Dham Hindu Temple & Brahmavidya Yogashrama
#525 Bridge Street East,
Kitchener. ON, N2K 3C5. Canada
Phone:(519) 579 1486 / (519) 579 2713

Other Temples in Canada


  • Calgary - Hindu Society of Calgary
  • Calgary - Radha Madhava Cultural Centre
  • Calgary - Karumari Amman
  • Edmonton - Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple
  • Edmonton - Hindu Society of Alberta
  • Edmonton - Bhartiya Cultural Society of Alberta
  • Edmonton - Fiji Sanatan Society of Alberta, Vishnu Mandir
  • Edmonton - Sri Sri Radha Govindaji Mandir [ISKCON]
  • Grande Prairie - Grande Prairie Hindu Association


  • Hindu Society of Manitoba
  • Ramakrishna Mandir & Cultural Centre
  • Manitoba Hindu Dharmic Sabha

Newfoundland & Labrador




  • Regina - Hare Krishna (ISKCON) Temple
  • Saskatoon - Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection


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