Established in 1949, the Hindu Association, under its Founder- President the Late Mr F T Melwani, took lead in securing land and constructing the Hindu Temple at Happy Valley, which today serves about 100,000 Hindus and followers of Hindu religion from South and South East and Far East Asia. The Temple is open for all religious faiths.
The Temple complex is declared Heritage Building - Grade II by the HKSAR Government and the Managing Committee of the Association is considering the classification to take steps to preserve the Temple.
Mr Melwani's another important contribution to the Hong Kong Hindu community, through the Association, was the exclusive arrangement, reserving Crematorium at Cape Collinson for Hindus only, he obtained from the erstwhile British administration. This exclusive arrangement is in keeping with the Hindu tradition of cremating within 24 hours and performance of special rites at the time of cremation.
The Hindu Association offers the service to the Hong Kong Hindu community, arranging the Crematorium, completing the formalities that are required to be fulfilled with the relevant HKSAR government departments, and ensures the availability of the Crematorium as early as possible.
Considering the waiting time in Hong Kong for the Crematorium, this special arrangement for the Hindu community is unique.
The Hindu Association, which administers the Temple, is registered under the Societies' Ordinance, and also a registered Charity organisation under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. This registration, under the Inland Revenue Ordinance, enables donors to claim tax deduction on their donation in accordance with the Rules prescribed by the Inland Revenue Ordinance from time to time.
Mr K Sital BBS JP, current President of the Hindu Association has been closely associated with the Temple activities for the last four decades. The Association's affairs are managed by a 15-member Managing Committee, which meets once in every two months to discuss and decide various matters of the Temple administration.
At the Temple, the Association celebrates Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra, Hanuman Jayanti, Ganesh Utsav, Maha Shivratri, and other regional Hindu festivals.
Ayyappan Puja, Skanda Sashti, Satyanarayana Puja are also celebrated in a grand manner every year.
Maha Shivratri Aarti and Puja are the most attended festival with over 2,000 devotees thronging the temple throughout the day.
At the Temple, religious discourses are organised regularly, and the vising scholars address the gathering of devotees on various Hindu philosophical subjects, which are well received.
The Temple is renovated regularly with the generous donations from devotees.
Educational tours are organized by schools in Hong Kong to visit the temple to understand the various aspects of Hindu religion.
On every Sunday at the Temple , after Bhajan Kirtan session, Aarti is performed in the morning, and Parshad (Lunch) is served to devotees. The Langar Parshad is sponsored by devotees. Regular pujas and Aartis are performed every day in the morning and evening.
On Mondays, after Bhajan session, special Aarti is performed in the evening and Parshad is distributed to devotees. In addition, regular Pujas are conducted on Poornima and Ekadasi days every month.
The Temple priest conducts Hindu religious ceremonies, whenever such services are requested by the Hindu community members. At the Temple, various ceremonies like marriage, namkaran and others are performed in accordance with the Hindu customs.
The Temple is the venue for various Hindu religious activities bustling with the congregation of devotees.
The Managing Committee of the Hindu Association would continue to strive to serve the Hong Kong Hindu community, maintaining the highest standards, with dedication.
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