Shree Ganapathy Temple

125 Effra Road Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU, UK
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In 1979, a few Sri Lankan Hindu Saivite families, living in and around Wimbledon, began to meet together at a local hall to worship Lord Ghanapathy. They had a single statue of Lord Ganesha, hired a priest to conduct the service, and began regular Friday worship, gaining spiritual comfort that helped them to relive the happy times of religious harmony that they had once shared in their homeland. As the months went by, more and more devotees began to attend the service, and the need for a permanent, sanctified building, dedicated to Hindu worship, became a priority.

In 1980, one of the families found and bought a property in Wimbledon and offered it for community worship, and thus the Shree Ghanapathy Temple was born. It began life as an abandoned and dilapidated Christian Church, then an under-used Community Centre and, within a year, was transformed internally to become a Hindu Temple. It had its Maha Kumbabishekam in September 1981, and became the first ever consecrated Hindu Temple in Europe. The adjoining church hall was converted into a Sai Mandir – the first of it’s kind in the U.K., and thus began a union of ancient and modern Hinduism that has grown from strength to strength over the past 19 years.

In August 1980, the Churchill Halls in Effra Road were purchased and internal alterations carried out according to the guidelines laid down in our ancient scriptures. The adjoining church hall was converted into a Sai Mandir – a prayer hall dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, which was opened on 1st January 1981. Lord Ghanapathy is the God who is worshipped by all Hindus throughout the world and, in September 1981, the Shree Ghanapathy Temple was opened with a grand and lavish Maha Kumbabishekham, making it the first fully consecrated Hindu Temple in Europe.


Locality Wimbledon
Mobile Number 07956 481 588
Town London
Phone Number 020 8542 7482
email info@ghanapathytemple.org.uk
Street Address

125-133 Effra Road

City Wimbledon
Post Code/ZIP SW19 8PU
Country GB
website www.ghanapathytemple.org.uk/
Country United Kingdom
distance: 1 Miles
Address 125 Effra Road Wimbledon, London SW19 8PU, UK
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