Temple’s Diwali fundraiser to assist with revamp

The executive members and trustees of the Shri Vishnu Temple at the Diwali gala dinner held on Friday night.

The Shri Vishnu Temple on Sea Cow Lake Road hosted its very first Diwali Gala Dinner on Friday to raise funds for the face-lift of its hall. The present temple committee had decided that the hall should be given an aesthetic facelift in line with the 113-year-old temple architectural outline.

The proposed plan was drawn up and it is envisaged that building works will commence in early 2018. The temple is a landmark in the greater Durban area for well over 100 years. It was and still is the centre that unites the community in all their common beliefs, culture and traditions and is also a sought after destination for foreign tourists.

Chairman of the Shri Vishnu Temple Society, Preeth Bechan said in the earlier days, especially during the annual ‘Kali and Indur Pooja’, crowds in the excess of 1500 people used to gather around the temple to watch live religious drama and music. With the inconvenience of using makeshift tents and marquees, the society had in the 1970’s decided to erect a hall on the temple premises.

The initial foundation of the hall was laid on May 3, 1981. Through sheer resilience, dedication and generosity of the people a steel structure hall was constructed and officially opened on December 3, 2000.

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“Besides being a venue for religious and cultural activities, the hall was used in the 1980’s to provide karate lessons for the children from the community. Since then, the hall has been upgraded with the floor been tiled, new roof sheets and insulation installed and other minor improvements done. The hall caters for all our temple prayers and festivals, private wedding functions and ceremonies, school functions, outside religious organizations, dance classes and more,” said Bechan.

The society has made a humble appeal to all those who can assist in this great project, especially all ex- Kenville and Sea Cow Lake residents to come forward.

For more details, contact chairman P Bechan on 082-469-5049 or R B Ramsutta on 082-345-7543 or email [email protected].

Zola Phoswa

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