Shri Ganesha Temple

Shri Siddhi Vinayaka

The Presiding Deity at Shri Ganesha Temple

The beautiful heritage-listed Shri Ganesha Temple sits in a quiet, park-lined street in Oaklands Park, a suburb to the south of Adelaide. The Temple was the first Hindu Temple in South Australia. It has been transformed from humble beginnings into the beautiful complex it is today by dedicated, hard-working devotees. Read more about the history of the Temple here.

The Temple is open to all who come with a sincere heart and an openness to receiving darshan of the Gods within. The Presiding Deity is Shri Siddhi Vinayaka, a beloved form of Lord Ganesha who fulfills the aspirations, hopes and dreams of devotees.

Lord Ganesha, in all of his forms, is the favourite deity of Hindus all over the world. He is the first to be worshipped before the beginning of any new project or venture, for he is the Destroyer of Obstacles. Our Shri Siddhi Vinayaka is the Accomplished One, the epitome of achievement, self-mastery and one-pointed intellect. Shri Siddhi Vinayaka will bless anyone with success in any right venture they undertake, and thus he fulfills the aspirations and dreams of those who come to him.

An outstanding feature our Lord Ganesha is the tilt of the trunk to the right side. He has four hands which hold a goad, or prodding implement, in his upper right, a small axe in the upper left, holy beads in the lower right, and a Modak in the lower left. Modaks are sweet delicacies which are a particular favourite of Sri Siddhi Vinayaka. On His forehead is an all-seeing eye which resembles the third eye of Lord Shiva.

For information on the other Temple Deities, see here.

Shri Ganesha

Open to Everyone

Visiting the Temple is open to anyone and is without charge. Devotees can receive darshan, worship, pray, meditate and just spend time in the special spiritual atmosphere of the Temple for as long as they like (within Covid restrictions). Note that on busy festival days, we might ask that you take darshan, pray and leave to allow others to access the Temple area.

If you wish to leave a donation to help run and maintain the Temple, there are several hundis (donation boxes) situated around the Temple.


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
Morning 7 am - 8:30 am (Aarti: 7:30 am)
Evening 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Aarti: 7:30 pm)
Saturday & Sunday
Morning 8 am - 1 pm (Aarti: 12 noon)
Evening 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Aarti: 7:30 pm)

Festivals and observances for this month can be found here or download the Temple Festival Calendar here.

SHri Ganesha Temple Senior Priest Gurukal

The Temple and surrounding facilities are currently being restored, expanded, and renovated to cater for the needs of the growing community while upholding the spiritual significance and cultural heritage of the Hindu community. For further information, click the button below to view the full Mahakumbhabhishekam brochure. 

About the Hindu Society of South Australia

What to Wear

When we visit a Hindu Temple to worship, we enter a sacred space where we are in the presence of the Gods. In the same way that we take care to dress well for other important occasions, we ask that you pay attention to your dress when visiting our Temple. Please do not offend, upset or distract others with your attire.

Acceptable Attire: Traditional Hindu Dress; Alternatively, for men – smart casual clothes with button shirts; For women: long skirts, modest tops.

Not Acceptable: Shorts, singlet tops, short skirts, T-shirts with inappropriate emblems.

Footwear: Please place them tidily on the racks provided.

Special Pujas & Services

Additional services conducted by the priest may attract a charge, for example, archanas, car blessings and weddings. Find out about hosting a Puja or service here.

Visiting the Temple

Learn more about what to expect and the different ceremonies and observances held in the Shri Ganesha Temple, as well as how to behave and remain respectful.

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