Sunday, 15 October 2017

One Of The Biggest South Indian Style Hindu Temple In Europe - Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple - Hamm, Germany

The town of Hamm/Uentrop is home to Europe’s largest Hindu temple. Tens of thousands of worshippers come here for important religious celebrations close to a busy highway. The temple, which is also popular with worshippers from Belgium and the Netherlands, was founded by Tamil refugees when they came to Germany in the 1980’s. It´s the biggest South Indian style Hindu temple in Middle Europe and it has been built and established for the Tamils community in Germany. The interiors of the temple look exactly like the temples in south India / Srilanka. The priests too are dressed in traditional clothing which gives you an exact feeling of how it is in the typical Hindu temples.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
The main and biggest altar is dedicated to Kamakshi Amman of Devi Kamakshi. In the main sanctum, there are various small shrines for the other Gods and Godesses like Ganesha, Shiva, Sri Murugan etc.. Sri Kamatchi or Kamakshi means Goddess with the eyes of love. Kamakshi Amman is depicted with four arms and sitting in Padmasan (lotus position). She also wears a red saree and a crown along with flower garlands and jewellery. In front of the main Devi idol, there is a Shree Yantra.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Raja Gopuram
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Raja Gopuram
The temple is built in the South Indian (Dravidian) style. Although the foundation was laid in 1999, this temple was completed in the year 2002. The entire structure is made up of white bricks. The construction of this temple was done by Hamm architect Heinz-Rainer Eichhorst. The architectural details of this temple are similar to the Kamakshi temple in Kanchipuram, India. The statue of the main Goddess is made up of granite and was brought from Kanchipuram. There are shrines for around 200 Hindu deities in this temple. The Gopuram is about 17 meters in height. The Dhwajastambha or flag staff is in front of the main sanctum. Only the priests and temple authorities are allowed in this area. The temple also has a hall where common meals are held and another hall for wedding rituals.

Aerial View Of Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
Aerial View Of Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Puja here is done according to Vedic customs. The main aim of the temple trust is to uphold the Hindu religious and cultural beliefs. The temple has a cultural centre where they promote arts, traditions and languages. In October 2015, a Hindu Cremation Ground was inaugurated. Interestingly, cremation services will be provided to all nationalities, races or religious beliefs. It is said that this temple was founded by the Tamil refugees who escaped from Srilanka during the civil war and came to Germany in the 1980s.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Inside View
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Inside View
Every day Pujas are offered at 8 am, 12 noon and the Deeparadhana (evening Aarti) at 7 pm. On festivals days and Full moon day special Puja is performed. Sri Kamakshi Ambal’s annual Temple Festival, the statue of the Goddess Kamakshi Ambal is decorated and taken out on the Temple Chariot for a procession along temple grounds. This is a 14 days festival. At the end of the festival the idol is ritually bathed in a canal and returned to the temple.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 08:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Hamm is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the north-eastern part of the Ruhr area. The city is situated between the A1 motorway and A2 motorway. Hamm railway station is an important hub for rail transport and renowned for its distinctive station building. The temple is located on the Outskirts of the city Hamm. It is well connected by Public transport. Bus N33 runs regularly from the main stop. To reach the temple one needs to alight at the Kranstraße stop

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Main Deity
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple Main Deity

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple,
Hamm-Uentrop,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Postal Code : 59065,
Germany.
Phone : +49 2388 302223

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