The Melrose Shree Siva Subramaniar Temple

The Johannesburg Melrose Shree Siva Subramaniar Temple (Melrose Temple) was founded circa 1870 by indentured Tamil labourers.

#MELROSEMURUGA: These labourers worked in the Melrose Laundry which is north of Johannesburg. The temple initially started out as a tin shack saw extensive renovations in 1996 and then again in 2011. The Melrose Temple has remained a beacon of Murugan worship in South Africa and globally.

The South Indian temple based in the heart of the northern suburb of Melrose has seen congregation of devotees in excess of 20,000 and more at key festival days.

Deity worship at Melrose Muruga

The Melrose Temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Muruga, his consorts, Devasena and Valli, his parents Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati and as always his celestial brother, Lord Ganesha.

The Melrose Temple also offers prayers in a Temple for Lord Vishnu, the brother of Mother Parvathi and Lord Hanuman, the most loyal devotee of Lord Perumal.

Types of services you can expect

The Melrose Temple serves its congregation the Annual Prayers as reflected on the Tamil Calendar, Navagraha Prayers, Car Prayers, House Prayers, Panchagam (book) readings, performing of Weddings, blessings and counseling by the Resident Priest and Spiritual Head.

When is Thaipoosam Kavady 2020?

  • Flag hoisting is on Thursday, 30 January 2020.
  • Main Day and Public Day is on Saturday, 8 February 2020, starting at 6am for kavady preparations.
  • The flag will be brought down on 8 February 2020.

The Melrose Temple is located on 2nd Street in Melrose. For more information, call +27-79-696-6445 or +27-11-728-6590 or email


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