About the Temple

Canada Sri Ayyappan Hindu temple is a non-profit religious organization registered in 1991 in the province of Ontario. The temple has Charity Registration No. 132264607RR001. Our temple was the FIRST Sri Dharma Sastha (Ayyappan Temple) established in Canada. We respect and comply with Canadian Government rules & regulations and provincial law in force at all times.

We have a structured organization within our temple. Please visit ‘Temple Charter’ for our Vision & Mission, Our Goals, Our commitments and responsibilities.

History

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Initially, the Dharma Sastha vigragam (idol) was with Sri Harahara Iyer in Markham and gradually evolution took place

 

1991                 Jan 15, Daily Pooja for Sastha started and performed by Sri Mani Iyer, son-in-law of Kothamangalam Subbu poet and film director from Tamil Nadu, India

Pooja, Abishegam, Bajans continued on Sundays moving the idol to Woburn College, Ellesmere Road, Scarborough.

 

1993                 In June the idol was relocated to 2651 Markham Road, Unit 14 where Sri Jayarathnam published a souvenir Makara Jyothi and daily worship of Sastha started.

 

1995                 The need for a separate Sannidhanam was felt and Units 18 & 19 were rented to meet the enhanced activities.

 

1996                 Sannidhanam was created in the rented space and activities continued till 1998 when the owner need the rented area.

 

1998                 Dharma Sastha was again relocated to Unit 10, Middlefield Road and around 5 acres of land was purchased at 635, Middlefield Road.

 

2005                 Bhoomi Pooja was performed and the current massive temple was built.

 

2009                 Kumabishegam was performed by Dr Sivasri Pitchai Kurukkal which was witnessed by more than 50000 people

 

                        You can still see the initial Sastha idol with which the worship was started along with the main deity.

 

Perseverance, innumerable sacrifices, hard work, devotion, dedication of many and, of course blessings of Dharma Sastha – all these paved the way for the existence of the temple.