Canada is one of the most secular countries in the world. Indian immigrants started migrating to this beautiful country about 110 years ago. Since then, the Hindu population has been growing dramatically. Despite their indifference in the beginning stages of immigration, Hindus have had such an impact on the Canadian way of life over the past few decades that they make up one of the largest communities. More than 1,000 temple societies across the country are responsible for the construction and maintenance of Hindu temples in Canada. One of the first temples was built in 1971 in rural Nova Scotia. This article explores some of the most popular Hindu temples in Canada.
Temples in Canada:
1. Shri Vitthal Hindu Shrine:
Located in Toronto, Canada, this temple is also a religious and cultural center. Indians from all over Canada visit this temple regularly. The temple is also a registered non-profit charitable organization. If you are a Hindu then you will realize that this temple was built with Hindu culture and traditions in mind. The temple is one of the most popular religious sites in the city and is also considered one of the holiest descendant pilgrimage sites in the country.
2. Devi Mandir:
Devi Mandir or temple was established in 1988 by a small group of Hindus. It took a lot of effort to build this temple and bring it to where it is today. Devi Mandir is one of the most important Hindu temples in Canada and is visited by Hindus from all over the country.
3. ISKCON Temple in Brampton:
Canada’s ISKCON Temple was established in 1966 with a simple motto to spread the vital teachings of Vedic literature throughout Canada. The temple offers various study facilities for those devoted to Vedic literature. In addition to this, the temple also offers yoga classes and help with meditation.
4. Slingaray Temple:
Located in Toronto, the temple is one of the most visited Hindu temples in the country. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Shilandamba. The temple follows the architectural style of the Shrinigeri Temple located in Karnataka, India. This temple is famous all over the country, especially for its beautiful architecture.
5. Hindu Saba Temple:
This non-profit organization is one of the best places of worship for Hindus in Canada. This temple has successfully preserved the ancient styles of Indian culture and Indian civilization. In the 19th century, the temple was registered under the name of the Hindu House. The temple was inaugurated in 1995 with the simple purpose of developing the Dharma of Sanatan.
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6. Brampton Guruvayurapan Temple:
This is another Hindu temple in Brampton and is considered one of the most beautiful and largest Hindu temples in Canada. The temple is currently being rebuilt, and temple authorities will soon complete the work.
7. Ottawa Hindu Temple:
The Ottawa Hindu Temple is located on Bank Street in a rural area. The temple was built in the 19th century with the joint efforts of some Canadian Hindus. The temple is the main place of worship for the more than 5,000 Hindus living in Ottawa.
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8. ISKCON Temple in Ottawa:
The ISKCON Temple in Ottawa is considered one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage sites in the city. There has been an ISKCON Center on this site since 1971, which later funded the construction of this amazing temple. The temple was built with one goal of promoting social well-being and promoting Krishna consciousness among people.
9. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple Canada:
BAPS Shri Swami Narayan Mandir is located in Toronto. It was built by BAPS Swami Narayana Sanstha in 2007 and took 18 months to complete. The temple consists of 24,000 pieces of hand-carved Italian marble. It also consists of Turkish limestone and Indian pinkstone. This is one of the largest temples in Canada, covering 18 acres.
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10. International Buddhist Association:
This stunning Canadian Buddhist temple was built in 1983 and is also known as the Avalokitesvara Temple. It was founded by two Buddhists who formed the International Buddhist Association. It is built on a one-acre campus in Richmond, British Columbia. It is known by the city as Richmond’s “Pride Point” for its breathtakingly beautiful architecture.
11. Kandaswami Temple, Canada:
In 1998, Mr. K. Kailaisantha Kurukal laid the foundation for this beautiful temple. It was named Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil. The temple has a huge Navarra Peruvian figure. All customs and celebrations at this temple are carried out in the same way as the Nallur Kandawamy temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
12. Sri Ayyappan Hindu Temple, Canada:
Known as the Sabarimara Temple in Canada, the temple was established in 1991. Originally it was rented out in a small place, and later in 1998 a separate piece of land was purchased to build the temple. The temple is popular with Ayyappa devotees and the first Kumbabishekam was completed in 2009.
Since 1960, Canada has witnessed mass immigration of Hinduism. The Hindu diaspora consists mainly of Punjabis, Tamils, Telugu and Bengali Hindus. Temples are important places for religious gatherings and cultural centers. These temples welcome everyone, regardless of their beliefs and culture. They have breathtakingly beautiful buildings that offer peace and calm to those who visit. The Hindu Network of Canada is the pre-eminent organization that takes on the responsibility of bringing people together and celebrating festivals in a growing multicultural population.