Sringeri Temple of Toronto
|Sringeri Temple of Toronto|
The main rajagopuram facade of the Sringeri Temple
|Other names||SVBF Canada|
|Proper name||Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation Canada|
|Location||80 Brydon Drive
|Primary deity||Goddess Sharadamba|
|Architectural styles||South Indian Architecture|
|History and governance|
|Date built||Jun 20, 2010|
|Creator||Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation|
The Sringeri Sharadamba Temple of Toronto (Tamil: ஸ்ரிங்கேரி ேகாவில்), (Kannada- ಟೊರೊಂಟೊ ಶ್ರಿಂಗೆರಿ ದೆವಸ್ಥಾನ) is a Hindu temple in the Etobicoke region of Toronto, Ontario 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 30 ft. Gopuram, an 18 ft. 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 13 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.
- Goddess Sharadamba
- Lord Ganesha
- Adi Shankara
- Radhe Krishna
- Lord Rama
- Durga Devi
- Lord Kartikeya
The Complex also houses a huge Community/Banquet Hall, Adi Shankara Museum, Adi Shankara Library, Adi Shankara Vidyalaya offering free classes on music, bhajans, Sanskrit shlokas Vedas and many more faculties.
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- "A temple to serve all Hindus". Toronto Star. June 19, 2010.
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- "Temple dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya opens in Toronto". Rediff News. Jun 21, 2010.
- "Grand Opening of SVBF Canada’s $11 million Temple complex in Toronto". NewBIndian. June 17, 2010.
- "About the temple". Official website of Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada.