The Anniversary Commemoration will be done during the weekend of the 21st to the 24th of June 2012, with Murthi Sthaapan, Pran Pratishtha and a Commemorative Brochure Launch. Restoration has also been done to the School adjoining the temple, which will now become a cultural centre for the promotion of language and culture. This will be opened later this year. Pundits Rishipaul Maharajh, Lokesh Maharajh, Ramesh Sharma, Alankar Maharaj, Sajeel Maharaj, Kanhaiya Maharajh, Rohith Maharajh and Umashunker Maharaj will preside over the 4 day prayer.
On Sunday 24th June – there will be a Rath Yatra at 8am where the murthis will be paraded around the temple block. This will be followed by the Murthi Sthaapan and Pran Pratishtha where they will be placed in their respective shrines. At noon, Revered Swami Vimokshananda will deliver the keynote address and the 120-page commemorative brochure will be launched. On Sunday, NMR Avenue will be closed. Devotees must enter via Stanger Street. There will be additional parking at Hoi Park with a shuttle service to the Mandhir. Maha Prasad will be served daily.
The Durban Hindu Temple – Shree Thakurdwara and Dharmashala is located at 24 Somtseu Road, Durban – an area referred to during the Apartheid era as Magazine Barracks. As part of the implementation of apartheid policies, like the Group Areas Act, people were removed from the Magazine Barracks, and resettled in areas including Chatsworth and Phoenix, which were much further from the Durban city centre.
The temple has however survived adversity and this year commemorates 114 years. Although Pran Pratishtha was originally done when the temple opened, additions have been made over the years and new murthis have been donated. Some murthis have also been damaged and need to be replaced. The main temple is still in original form and has been declared a national heritage site. In recent years, 6 satellite shrines were built. The temple currently also has 2 halls built on the premises, where all celebrations are held, and collectively houses 600 people.
Details for the temple:
Physical: 24 Somtseu Road, Durban