Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia is a culturally diverse country as well as a continent, and home to millions of people from the Asia, who belongs to different religions like Hindusim, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

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Hinduism in Australia is one of the most active and rapidly growing religion. Some of Australia’s famous Hindu temples are The Sri Vakrathunda Vinayagar Temple in Melbourne. This first Hindu temple was established in Victoria to fulfill thousands of Hindus’ religious and cultural aspirations. Other temple such as Durga Temple and the Lord Murugan Temple in Sydney are also prominent and attracts people worldwide.

Buddhism in Australia witnessed a turning point in the 1970s with many refugees’ arrival. The most representative temples and monasteries in Australia are the Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong in Sydney, and the Bodhinyana Forest Monastery in Serpentine.

Jain centers and communities have been established in different parts of Australia, like Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, and Melbourne. Sydney Jain Mandal is the First Jain association in Australia formed in Sydney. And the other such Jain association is the Vitraag Jain Shwetambar Sangh in Sydney.

To cater to the needs of the growing Sikh population led to the establishment of certain Gurdwaras. Some of the magnificent ones are- Taksal Mata Sahib Kaur in Southwest Australia, Guru Nanak Foundation Gurudwara in Sydney, Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Murwillumbah, and the Penrith Gurdwara in New South Wales.