Architecture

The temple has been constructed using the classical South Indian architectural style, which is prevalent in southern part of India for centuries. This Temple is one of its kinds in the Southern African region and became a cultural attraction in Gaborone.

The initial plan was designed by Padmashri Muttiah Stapathi from Chennai, who has been instrumental in constructing around 14 temples including temples in Unites States of America. Later Shri. P.K.Valasingham and his team came to Botswana to construct the temple.

The temple is located at Block 8, in Gaborone West in about 7018 square meter size. Lord Balaji is gracing the devotees with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi as the presiding deity. The main mandir has the Sanctom-Sanctoriums for Lord Ayyappa, Lord Muruga with his consorts Deivanai and Valli. The Sanctom-Sanctoriums for Lord Ganesha, Lord Anjaneya, Lord Siva, Matha Vaishnodevi, and Navagrahas are situated on the outside. The Temple's Rajagopuram is about 50 feet tall. The Temple also houses a sanctum-Sanctorium for Lord Garuda and a Dhwajastambam.

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 2007. There were ten Kalasams installed and ten priests from India, Dubai and Gaborone were performing all related poojas. First Shri. Varatharaja Bhatter 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.

Mr. Vishnu Hade, The High Commissioner of India for Botswana graced the occasion. Mr. Manhar Mooney released a souvenir in commemoration of the Kumbhabhishekam.

His Excellency, President of Botswana visited the Temple with his entourage during the Kumbhabhishekam ceremony. A special prayer was conducted in his honour and for the welfare of the Botswana. A replica of the Temple was presented to the President as momonto.

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