Hamilton’s Balaji temple will witness devotees travelling from various parts of the country to celebrate its third-anniversary celebrations and prayers services from Friday, March 9.

“On behalf of the trustees of Sri Balaji Temple Trust, I am immensely happy to inform that, this year, from Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 12, grand third-anniversary celebrations will be held. To commemorate the occasion, SBTT organised several special events and spiritual discourses,” Trustee and PRO Bala Bhaskar Tikkisetty said.

The temple will hold special pujas on this occasion starting Friday, until Monday evening. The special prayer services include Sri Ganesh and Sri Murugan Abhishekam on Friday, Sri Balajimoola Virat Maha Abhishekam followed by Sudarshan Chakra, Sri Narayani Devi and Hanuman Abhisekam. The temple will also perform Shiva and Parvati Abhishekam as a part of the special puja service.

“We are also having our second priest, Pt Kishore Channakeshava Bhatter who will be with us and officiate and conduct the prayers along with Pt Pandurangan Garu, our current priest,” MrBhaskar added.

A group of devotees realised the need for a Sri Balaji Temple almost eight years ago and then formed a Trust with the purpose to build the temple. Following this enthusiasm amongst the devotees in the community Sri Balaji Temple Trust was registered it under NZ Charitable Trust Act and the work to make the temple a reality was started. The Trust had a board of nine members living in New Zealand belonging to different nations such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Fiji, South Africa and so on.

The temple was completed in 2015 and since has witnessed thousands of devotees come to pray, especially during festivals when the temple is stacked with people from across the country.

Besides serving the extended Hamilton community, SBTT plays a key role in providing religious services, offering discourses, conducting yagnas and other dharmic activities to serve the broader NZ community. It stands out among NZ temples for performing pujas following Vedic protocols to the deities in an authentic fashion respecting agamic traditions.