Sri Mayurapathy Murugan Temple, Berlin
Our Gods are holy for us Hindus. They may not be filmed or photographed the whole year over. Only once in a year Murugan, the chief God of the Berlin Tamil community, leaves the temple and shows himself to the public.
Thiruvila, the wheel celebration, one of the highest celebrations of the Hindus, is the occasion.
Accompanied by the whole parish Murugan is carried in a big procession through the borough.
Berlin Hindu Mahasabhai e.V.
The Berlin Hindu Mahasabhai e.V. was founded by about 200 Berlin-based members and registered at the district court of Charlottenburg under the number VR 18602B as an association and attained its current residence in the Urbanstraße 176 in 1992.
Here, in the enlarged cellar basement of a typical Berlin apartment house a temple room containing many little ashrams was erected to serve as a religious meeting point catered to the South Indian and Sri Lankan believers of the Hindu faith within the Berlin populace. Because of an extensive redevelopment of the basement and an impending constriction of the facilities, our community felt the need to create a new religious center by means of building a small temple.
Importance and Role of the new Murugan Temple
In order to guarantee the practice of our peaceful religion, the whole membership of the association was in agreement to erect a new gathering place in the German capital.
Following a long struggle to buy a property that was fitting to our means in Berlin-Britz, Riesestr.20-22/Ecke Blaschkoallee 48, the transaction was made possible by donations within our own group and the help of a bank loan. Once we clarified the issues concerning building law and technical matters, the construction permit was given to us in July of 2008. The actual construction of the temple was now only a question of time.
The property for the temple was ceremoniously inaugurated in a „Bhoomi Puja“ by two Hindu priests on the 22nd of June, 2008, accompanied by about 600 visitors.
Following the building permit, the ceremonious groundbreaking took place in April of 2009, the construction of a sanitation block and a basement to the temple was done by the winter of 2009. Further work was taken up in the summer of 2010 and the great hall as well as the fence have been done by now, giving us the hope to complete the temple with its towers, small ashrams and ornamentation by 2013.
Eventually this small Hindu milestone in Berlin will become a meeting point for all religions, cultures and friends of our religion and a worthwhile destination for tourists
To attain this big goal, we would be more than happy to receive help from sponsors, contributors and the culturally inclined, for all donations will be tax-deductible. The receipts will be acknowledged by us with all the necessary paperwork and send to you. For especially generous sponsors we reserve an inscription of their or their company’s names on our plaque of gratitude.
Now completed, the temple is open for all interested residents and visitors all day long (for six devotions). These Puja-devotions are performed in religious silence, which is why there will not be any noise annoyance or any other nuisance for the neighborhood. The consumption of meat and the drinking of alcohol is strictly forbidden in the temple, whereas the use of milk, rice, fruits and flowers is a given.
Opening times: daily