Highgatehill Murugan Temple
The temple was opened on 2nd of December 1979 with a grand ceremony attended by more than 700 people. Built according to the ancient Saiva scriptures, The Maha Kumbabhishegam – consecration ceremony of this temple was held in June 1986. Attended by over a thousand devotees, it was the culmination of 20 years of single-minded dedication and hard work of Sri Sabapathipillai.
On the 6th of June 2002, in her first major engagement after the golden jubilee celebration, Queen Elizabeth II visited the Highgatehill Murugan temple, the first Hindu temple to be visited by the British monarch here. Accompanied by Prince Philip, the Queen spent about 45 minutes at the temple and a special ‘pooja’ was performed during the visit.
The temple was chosen by the Queen as part of her wish to recognize each of Britain’s many faiths.
History of Highgatehill Murugan Temple
One of the largest Hindu organisations established in this country, belongs to the saivaities. This had its beginnings in 1966, with the inauguration of the Hindu association of Great Britain on 23rdOctober 1966, in London. The main object of the Association was to foster the Saiva Siddhantha religion and its form of worship. The other aim was to generate a unifying force among the Dravidians from various parts of the world such as Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Ceylon (Srilanka), Mauritius, South Africa, so that children of these families may mix in a religious atmosphere so as to encourage them to follow their parent’s religious faith and culture.
The late Mr.S.Sabapathipillai, our founder and president spearheaded the movement of this Association. He came to Britain with a mission to carry Saivism to the west, bringing with him a background of religious services in Ceylon. Having earlier relinquished his career in the legal profession, he came under the influence of one of the greatest savant of Saiva Siddhantam, His holiness the late Easana Sivachariar, the Principal of the Saiva Siddhanta College of Palani, Tamil Nadu. Under the tutelage of his Holiness, he obtained the “Triple Theedchais” enabling him to do Siva Pooja which he has been performing regularly for the last thirty eight years.
In 1973, a Thirchendur Murugan Vigraham was specially made in India by Mr.Mohanram of Kumbakonam and this Vigraham was installed with special rites in October 1973. The advent of the Murugan Vigraham and the regular abishegams and poojas further intensified religious fervour. It was felt that the time was ripe for the launching of a campaign to raise funds for the building of a Temple Trust.
Thus, the Brittania Hindu (Shiva) Temple Trust was created by the Hindu Association of Great Britain, on the 17th August 1974, and was registered with the Charity Commission. This trust is administered by seven Trustees with the advice and consent of an Advisory Council, consisting of more than 650 members, who are elected on their pledging to pay £100 in 4 years.