Hinduism is the oldest world religion that is still practised today. Indeed, it is so old that no one knows when it truly began. The earliest written copies of our holiest books, the Vedas, are more than 5,000 years old. And archaeological excavations along the River Sindhu, investigating the Mohanjadaro and Harapa Civilisations, have unearthed Hindu deities, such as the Shivalingam & Dakshinamoorthy, which are more than 7,000 years old.
Hinduism differs from all the other major religions of the world in that it has no one founder or prophet. It was created by a group of rishis, highly elevated spiritual souls, who had realised God within themselves and who created a religion that would help all men to reach God, regardless of intellect, status, caste or creed.
As Hindus, we believe that there is only one God. We believe in a supreme, formless, omnipotent Brahman. The different Gods and Goddesses that you see in the Temple are symbolic representations of the particular characteristics or functions of that formless God that we want to develop within ourselves.
Our Temple is dedicated to Lord Ghanapathy (the Hindu god with the Elephant head). Hindus believe that he is the remover of obstacles and it is our tradition to pray to him before we start anything new. Ghanapathy the eldest son of Lord Shiva is also the God of Wisdom.
Other deities in the Temple include:
Goddess Mariamman - The mother goddess (Amman) is also called Sakthi. She is regarded as the manifestation of Lord Shiva's energy. She is in the form of Mariamman who holds a knife or Thrishulam (trident). Lord Shiva's Dhamaru (drum) and snake, a Kabalam and Pasum (noose) and is in a seated position. Flames of fire form her hair and She bestows protection upon Her devotees.
Lord Murugan (also known as Subramanya, Karthikeya, Skanda and Sarvanan) - Murugan means beauty, youthful etc. He is the second son of Lord Shiva and is the Lord of Strength and Power. In the temple we have two forms of Lord Murugan: Thiruchendur Murugan (in this form he battled and finally killed the asura Suurapathman, who became the cockerel on His flag and the peacock, symbolising the liberated soul, as His vehicle). The other form of Murugan is made of panchaloka and is accompanied by His consorts (Vallli and Thevayaani)
Lord Nataraja & Sivakami Dakshinamoorthy, Shivalingam; Lord Venkateshwara (Vishnu); Lord Ayyappa; Lord Krishna & Radha; Navagrahas (9 planets); Vairavar (Datatriya); Goddess Gayathri & Lord Hanuman.