Our Hony., Reporter M.Selvaraaj Prabu)
Botswana Hindu Charities Trust (BHCT) has built a Hindu Temple
in Gaborone, Botswana, in the classical South Indian
architectural style. This Temple is one of its kinds in the
Southern African region and became a cultural attraction in
Gaborone, after earning the people’s admiration for the
architectural and the sculptural beauty. The Temple has cost
over Rs. 2 crores up to this stage.
The Temple has 10 Sanctum
Santorum to house Lord Balaji and his consorts Sridevi and
Bhudevi as the presiding deity, Lord Ganesha, Lord Anjaneya,
Lord Siva, Matha Vaishnodevi, Lord Ayyapa, Lord Muruga and
Navagrahas. All Mulavar vigrahas and Utsav Murthies were
imported from India. The doors for Maha Mandap and Rajagopuram
were made and imported from Kerala.
The doors of Maha Mandap depicts the scenes from
Krishna Leela and the doors of Raja Gopuram depicts the Dasa
Avathars. The carvings on these doors were so beautiful and
competing with the sculptural beauty of the temple.
The Kumbhabhishekam of this temple has been
performed on Sunday 16th September as planned. In fact the
ceremonies started on 9th September and concluded with
There were ten Kalasams installed and ten priests
from India, Dubai and Gaborone were performing all related poojas.
First Shri. Varatharaja Bhatter (Senior Preist, BHCT Temple)
performed the abishekam for the five Kalasams atop of the Raja
Gopuram. A crane was used since the Raja Gopuram was about 50 feet
tall. Afterwards Abishekam for all other Kalasams atop of other
Sanctum Santorum were performed.
Mr. Vishnu Hade, The High Commissioner of India
for Botswana graced the occasion. Mr. Manhar Mooney released a
souvenir in commemoration of the Kumbhabhishekam.
02. Visit of the President of Botswana to New
Hindu Temple ( Our Hony., Reporter M.Selvaraaj
Botswana Hindu Charities Trust (BHCT) has been in the process
of building a Hindu Temple for the past 4 years, in the
classical South Indian architectural style, which is prevalent
in southern part of India for centuries. With the support of
the community at large, the Temple is almost completed in the
This Temple is one of its kinds in the
Southern African region and is definitely expected to be a cultural
attraction in Gaborone, after earning the people’s admiration for
the architectural and the sculptural beauty. The Temple has cost
over P 3 million up to this stage.
The Temple has 10 Sanctum Santorum to house
various Hindu deities and a big hall to accommodate the devotees for
prayers. The Temple complex has an ablution block, priest quarters
and a small office. In addition, the Temple has a 50 feet tall
structure that is called "Raja Gopuram" through which the
devotees will have access to the Temple.
BHCT will undertake the pending works like dining
hall cum community kitchen, compound wall, main entrance arch,
landscaping and flower garden and some finishing works in the near
His Excellency, President of Botswana visited the
Temple with his entourage. A special prayer was conducted in his
honour and for the welfare of the Botswana. Later President went
around the temple and admired the architectural and sculptural work
of the temple. The President was introduced to the BHCT committee
members, the Artisans who did the embellishement and the wooden door
work. The Priests were also introduced. A small momento (a replica
of a Hindu Temple) was presented to the President.
Botswana Hindu Charities Trust plans to get
involved in the community services for the benefit of needy
community in Botswana, once the construction work of the Temple is
complete in all respect, said Project Coordinator and Trustee
13- 09- 2007
01. Krishna Janmastami in Botswana ( Our Hony.,
Reporter M.Selvaraaj Prabu )
Botswana: Botswana Hindu Society celebrated Krishna
Janmastami in a grand manner in Gaborone, Botswana at Hindu Hall.
The function contained various programmes such as Bharathanatiyam,
drama about "Sudhama and Krishna", classical dances about
Krishna. Various organizations including Sri Sathya Sai centre,
ISKCON participated and contributed the programmes. The main
attraction of this function is that the way the prayer hall is
decorated. The prayer hall was decorated very nicely like Bal
Krishna was in a swing (Oonjal) and surroundned by coloured
lightings and a small pool. It was looking like Brindhavan. All the
devottes offered their pranams to Bal Krishna and got blessings.
Children were delighted to sway the swing, as if they are in the
swing along with Bal Krishna.The programme finished with Arathi and
followed by Prasadam.