Sri Durga temple at Rockbank is the second largest Hindu temple in Melbourne and the worship is based on the Shakta denomination of Hinduism.
The land for the temple was purchased in 1997 and worship began in a makeshift temple while the construction of a new temple building was going on in a slow pace. The main temple was completed and was opened to public on 30th November 2015. The stone idols were imported from Rajastan in India and is made from Makrana Marble. The temple committee has plans to make this, a cultural and educational hub for the Hindu Community in Victoria. Most of the funds for the construction came from devotees as donations. Victorian State Government also pitched in with multicultural grants to facilitate the smooth running of this establishment.
Temple celebrates most of the Hindu festivals with large participation from the Indian Community. People from all religions are welcome to visit the temple as long as they respect the sanctity of the place. Lohrhi, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Janamashtami, Dusshehra, Karwa Chauth and Diwali are celebrated here in a big way. Dussehra which falls in the month of October or November is the most important celebration at the temple. Ravan dahan, the tradition of burning the effigy of Asura King Ravan signifying the win of good over evil, followed by magnificent fireworks is the main attraction of the Temple’s Dussehra celebrations.
Shakti denomination of Hinduism focuses on the feminine aspect of divinity and considers all other divine entities, its manifestations. The ‘Tridevi’ concept worships Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as the three feminine manifestations deriving from Supreme divinity Mahashakti or Adiparashakti. Durga is a manifestation of Shakti conceptualised as the consort of Shiva, one of the three supreme divinities of Hinduism, the other two being, Brahma and Vishnu. Astride a tiger, with a trident in her hand, Goddess Durga is a representation of abundant wisdom, knowledge and strength, which overpowers evil to bestow the blessings of wisdom and prosperity on humankind. Durga, the warrior Goddess has nine manifestations: Shailaputri; Brahmacharini; Chandraghanta; Kushmanda; Skandamata; Katyayini; Kaalratri; Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri. Each of these manifestations are worshipped during the celebration of Navratri, a Hindu festival.
Address: 705-715 Neale Road, Rockbank, 3335, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
MONDAY – FRIDAY
8:00AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00PM to 08:00 PM
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
8:00AM – 8:00PM and BHANDARA Every Sunday at 1:30 PM