The original thought of having a South Indian Temple in Glasgow dates back a few years. We felt that we needed a space that would explore our unique South Indian traditions and customs. In 2002, four like minded couples - Mr & Mrs Jagannathan, Dr & Mrs Raman, Mr and Mrs Logendra and Dr & Mrs Doraisamy had initial discussions. The couples collectively contributed and donated the initial amounts and obtained the Panchaloha idols from Swamimalai, Tamilnadu, India.
The first inaugural pooja was conducted on 21 August 2005 at Partick Burgh Hall, Partick, Glasgow. The hall was hired for our pooja, every Sunday.
The temple continued to function in this way with the help of the local community untill 2010. The committee raised initial funds for the mortgage of our current temple premises at Rutherglen in 2010. The initial funds were raised by donations from devotees. This was greatly helped by Dr and Mrs Raman pledging their surgery and their own funds as collaterals.
We moved to our current premises in Rutherglen in 2010 and have grown from strength to strength thanks to the generous contributions of our devotees. This was again possible due to generous support from our devotees, and hard work from our priests and the committee (Mr and Mrs Jagan in particular).
Fast forward to now, we have managed to pay off the mortgage in five years which is a colossal effort all round! We are forever grateful to all our devotees, and patrons who have helped us to achieve this much so far.
Our Temple took massive steps forward. The members witnessed and actively participated in activities promoting spiritual health, community integration, personal development, and fund raising for a local hospice in Rutherglen. Our activities were recognised across the UK (on BBC national news and STV), across the commonwealth nations (by The Big Lunch Project), in Mauritius and in India. the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) has broadcasted our events. The temple organised traditional South Indian dances at the Glasgow Diwali in George Square, Glasgow. This year we celebrated The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A diverse group of over 250 people joined us at the temple for The Big Lunch. We secured a grant from the prestigious "Award for all Scotland" and a commendation from the Queen's representative in Lanarkshire. We raised funds for The Princess of Wales Hospice.
Shiva Linga pratishtapana was completed this year. We are grateful to the sponsors Mr Arun Bhogala and family. Every year, around November we celebrate the Shiva Linga Sthapana Anniversary.
The South Indian Community were treated with a delightful evening of carnatic music concert on the evening of 1st of September 2012 in Glasgow. Probably this was a first such event in the West of Scotland for at least over the last 35 years.
TEMPLE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
As The President of your Hindu Temple of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland which is branch of The South Indian Cultural Society of Scotland, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family and friends to visit the temple in Glasgow.
The temple website is also active and we invite you to see the events, both temple and culture related content on the site : www.hindutempleofscotland.com
The temple is a distinctive place and can only operate with active engagement of all Members and Non-Members who are very devoted and who give their time and efforts voluntarily to ensure the success for the development and future growth of the temple.
I would like to take this moment to thank their assistance and financial aid, which, has enabled our growth from strength to strength. The temple and cultural centre serves all the South Indian Language speaking communities irrespective of their countries of origin.
Initially the temple was founded in a rented council hall and was only open to public on Sundays. The funds raised from the temple were used as a deposit to get a mortgage but the banks refused to grant the mortgage. Thus Dr M. S. Raman (Co-Founder) helped to secure the mortgage by pledging his own property.
We are pleased to announce that the mortgage had been paid off within 5 years due to prudent financial management by Mrs. S. Jagannathan, Assistant Secretary,with guidance of Dr. M.S. Raman, Treasurer and Mr Prem Kumar Alamantha who submits accounts annually to the Accountant and HMRC.
Here I would like to thank both the Executive and Non-Executive members for their commitments in raising funds. I am also especially very grateful to all our Priests for their sincere dedication in raising funds by conducting several poojas both outside and inside of the temple.
Unfortunately your Temple and Centre does not receive any regular financial support either from local government or any other organisation. All the funds been raised from our Well-Wishers and Devotees of who have sponsored the Annadhanam / meals for the pooja day. There are some Well-Wishers and Devotees who are also paying monthly by standing order / direct debit. I would like to thank them all in all the help they have given.
We acquired the current building in January 2010 and have since undertaken many Capital expenditures in order to improve the standard of the old building such as:
• Central heating system
• Under floor insulation
• Wooden flooring
• Roof repairs (multiple times)
• Drainage system
• Painted both compound external wall and main stage area
• Re-wiring to inside of the temple (including main stairwell)
• LED lights to all areas
Further plans are to:
• Reduce heating costs and keeping the temple warm by lowering the height of the ceiling and by installing suspended ceiling for the main pooja area.
• To improve the facilities for Devotees.
Temple funds service ongoing operational costs such as gas, electric, telephone and Internet bills along with contingencies. Since we anticipate further on-going Capital expenses, to continue with the upgrade and sustainability of the Temple and Centre, I would like to take this opportunity to request your support to enable smooth running and avoid financial difficulties.
On behalf of committee members, I am sincerely requesting you all to pledge aid for your temple financially and physically.
Thanking you all in advance for your kind support.
The continued presence of your temple lies in your hands –please support your Temple and Cultural Centre and make it successful for the future generations.
Mr K Jagannathan
President of the Hindu Temple of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland