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Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple, Homebush West, Australia

123 The Crescent Homebush West, NSW 2140 Australia
Tel: 02 9746 9590
E-mail: skvt@optusnet.com.au

Welcome Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple

Ganesha is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacle and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles (Vighnesha, Vighneshvara), patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.
Ganesh is one of the Gods whose presence is imminent and felt by many, readily involved anywhere and everywhere. It is customary in household ceremonies that Lord Ganesh is invoked in a form of idol made of sandalwood paste. He is also one of the many Gods whose is known in many names, one of them being “Sri Karphaga Vinayakar”
Sri Karphaga Vinayakar. Karphagam is the tamil for the Sanskrit derivation of Kalpaga/ Kalpataru – the wish fulfilling mythological celestial tree spoken of in ancient literature. Standing under its shade, whatever one thinks will come to fruition. Likewise, Karphaga Vinayakar answers the prayers of true and sincere devotees.
The vinayakar/Ganesh chathurthi and sankadahara chathurthi that falls on every month was celebrated and a special event culminating in the Vinayakar/Ganesh Chathurthi of Avani which month of August/September was the biggest celebration of the year. Following this the special days in the Hindu calendar, like Navarathri, Skanthashashti, Thiruvembavai, Deepavali/Diwali, Shiv Rathri, Tamil and English New Year were also celebrated with great vigour. The Divine Grace of the Karphaga Vinayakar is being felt by many and there is a surge of devotion and support from the public. Volunteers gather to do the chores of the temple like developing a garden around the temple and cleaning the temple etc. Every Friday, Kootu Praarthanai by the devotees and volunteers take place with a lot of enthusiasm.
Cultural events, religious discussions and music recitals take place regularly. By the Grace of Karphaga Vinayakar, this temple is fast becoming a bastion of religious and cultural traditions. May the Lord Karphaga Vinayakar help us in this holy endeavor and guide us all to work for peace and harmony at all levels.


  • Ganesha/Ganapahty/Vinayakar
  • Shivan/Shiv Mandir* Parvati/Shakthi
  • Vishnu/Venkateshwar/Narayanan
  • Ayyapa/Dharma Shasta
  • Murugan
  • Navgraham/Navgraha
  • Bhairava/Bhairava

Temple Timings

Worship Time

  • From 07:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • From 04:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday & Auspicious Days close at 9:30 pm

Pooja Timing

  • Thiruvanandal/Morning Aarthi -    07:00 am – 07:15 am
  • Uchikalam/Morning Aarthi -          11:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Sayaratsai/Evening Aarthi -           04:30 pm – 04:45 pm
  • Arthajaman/ Evening Aarthi -        07:00 pm – 07:15 pm
  • Arthajaman Friday’s   & Auspicious Days  -   07:30 pm – 08:00 pm


Sivasri Ragunatha Kurukka

Ragunatha Kurukkal is well versed in various kreyas and poojas, such as:


Punyavachanam is a pooja performed at various occasions such as a child’s birth, death of a person and after coming of age. Depending on the occasions, this pooja carries varying spiritual meaning and attributes. Child birth punyavachanam is done for the purity of the house and for the wellbeing of the child, the naming of the child is also carried out after the pooja. Punyavachanam is done after the death of the person to enable the person to reach a state of moksha from the earthly life. Coming of Age punyavachanam is done for the wellbeing for the purity and the wellbeing of the individual.

Rudu Shanthi

Rudu Shanthi coming of age ceremony is carried out to signify that a boy or girl is mature enough to understand his responsibility towards family and society. Hinduism also has the sacred thread ceremony for Dvija (twice-born) boys that marks their coming of age to do religious ceremonies. This ceremony is conducted specially for women to allow them to wear sari and announcing their maturity to the community.

Vivakam (Hindu Wedding Ceremony)

Vivakam (Hindu Wedding Ceremony) – wedding ceremony conducted by the priest to emphasize that the basis of happy and fulfilling married life is the sense of unity, intimacy and love between husband and wife. Thus, marriage is not for self-indulgence, but rather should be considered a lifelong social and spiritual responsibility. Married life is considered an opportunity for two people to grow from life partners into soul mates.

Ganapathy Homam

Ganapathy Homam is performed to beget happiness, prosperity and good health. Anyone desirous of praying to God to remove any obstacles in any of his/her plan/ work/Business /action and also to be victorious in of his/her deeds can pray to Lord Ganesha. Ganapathi homam can be performed to please Kethu and hence anyone who has Kethu dasa or bhukthi or wishes to appease Kethu can participate in the homam. Performing Ganapathy Homam once every year gives prosperity, health and wealth.

Sudarsana Homam

Sudarsana Homam is removal of all evil enemies & avoiding accidents, The desires of human beings are innumerable and they vary in nature.The yantra (a symbol embedded in metal) used in the Homa, will keep all evil negativity at a distance and bring in divine and auspicious energies. It is performed for: any auspicious beginning; removal of astrological flaws; victory, courage and prosperity; annihilating evil forces; remove incurable diseases caused by sorcery; Alleviating the suffering of the progeny belonging to later generations due to non-performance of the last rites of the previous generations; stopping any problems and dangers that might occur in the future.

Maha Sudarsana Homam

Maha Sudarsana Homam is a very powerful homam which fulfills your Desires, removes all kind of Poverty and brings health, wealth, peace and prosperity. Maha Sudashan Homam is a powerful homam that removes all obstacles and Blockages on your path and makes you successful in your mission. It removes your worries and grants you happiness. The Powerful Mantras of Lord Sudarshan Homa remove all your enemies and gives you a protection in all fronts.

Ayush Homam

Ayush Homam means Age and Ayusha homa is performed by learned pandits for long life and removal of all obstacles from life. Ayusha homam is done to worship the god of life (Ayur Devatha ). By doing this homam, one gets long life blessings from Ayur Devatha. Ones a year this homa is recommended for healthy living and long life. If you are suffering from any ailment for long, then also Ayusah Homa is recommended.

Satyanarayana Puja

Satyanarayana Puja is usually done on the Purnima day of every month (the day of the full moon) or a Sankranti. It is also done on special occasions and during times of achievements as an offering of gratitude to the Lord. These occasions include marriage, graduation, new job, and the purchase of a new home to name a few. In addition, it is said that a devotional performance of this puja will bear children to couples trying to start a family.

Bhoomi Pooja

Bhoomi Pooja is performed. This is to ask permission from Bhooma Devi, and to get her good will and assistance. It also is to ask forgiveness for the disruption of the many living beings already on and in the land.

Graha Pravesam

Graha Pravesam is a pooja done to signify officially start residing at a new house or using a new office/factory. Traditionally milk is boiled. A pooja is done for the navagrahas and vastu to remove old bad effects from the new place and bring in good energies for the wellbeing of the residing persons. A full green pumpkin vegetable is hung outside the window for 3 days to ward off evil spirits.

Aandu Thivesam

Aandu Thivesam carried out on the first anniversary, according to the lunar calendar on the Thithi on which the person died, a memorial service is performed and a priest officiates in this ceremony which is similar to the monthly Masiyam but is called Aantu Thivasam. Some relatives are invited by some families and a meal will usually follow. Sometimes a pooja is carried out in a temple instead and offerings are made to the Gods. Usually affordable people feed the poor and or orphans in memory of the person passed away in their family.
Please contact priest on 0421436223 or priest@vinayakar.org.au for any of your private ceremonies listed above.

Om Tat Sat

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


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