The founders of Sydney Shakti Temple, Cultural and Educational Centre are originally from the island nation of Fiji. In the late 1800s, early 1900s Fiji was inhabited by an influx of Indian immigrants, who migrated to Fiji as part of an indentured labour programme. Hailing from different areas of India, the different cultures of the immigrants melded to form a Fijian Indian culture, with influences from both North and South India, as well a number of different religious traditions. Hinduism was always present in the Fijian Indian society, and was transformed by visiting Gurukkul in the 1980s, who introduced new practices of worship to the community. Sydney Shakti Temple was established to ensure the longevity of these unique sacred practises.
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