Muththumari Amman Temple
This Hindu temple is housed in a converted shop at 180-186 Upper Tooting Road. It was founded seven years ago by Mr Seevaratnam to benefit the Tamil community. In the 1980s armed conflict broke out in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalese, who formed the majority of the population, and the minority Tamils. Many Tamils left to settle in other countries. Mr Seevaratnam saw the emotional distress that many of these people suffered, both from the scenes they had witnessed in Sri Lanka and from being forced to leave their homeland, and wanted to help. He decided to found a temple that would bring comfort to the community through religion and also act as a social and support centre.
The Sri Muththumari Amman Temple has gone from strength to strength, and is now one of the most active in London, employing 12 priests. The temple is funded by donations from the community and also runs a charity to help people in Sri Lanka. It has built an eye hospital in Jaffna and also funds an orphanage.