Daham Niketanaya - North Victoria
Published: 01 Mar 2013
On seventeenth of the cold month in July 1994, foundation was laid for the North Victorian Buddhist Association, at Glenroy, as a simple one bed room apartment with a humble beginning of less than fifty members.The association was established with pure objectives of providing the community with religious, cultural, social and educational services according to the Buddhist tradition.
It also provided the people of Sri Lankan origin and other community to participate in religious social and cultural activities and also social gatherings. From this temporary premises the Association was later moved to 397 Barry Road, Upfield. However this building also did not prove to be spacious enough to provide the necessary facilities to the rapidly increasing membership. Our association with growing membership at the time, were fortunate enough to buy this land mass in Yuroke at a resonable price in 1998 , in what was happened to be one of the qutietest areas just outside Mebourne. We couldn’t ask for any better location for its religious activities such as meditation yet though so close to Melbourne city. The Temple now call as Daham Nikethanaya , consists of almost all of its structures that could possibly be there for a typical buddhist temple that we all know as Srilankans.
Within first 10 years of its formation, it was a major succes to its resident monks , North Victorian Buddhist association , its valuble membership and its timeless hours and effort and Victorian government through its occasional grants. Resident monks in Daham Nikethanaya provide valuable services to its followers in addition to its routine programs. Wide range of activities such as help in time of crises, youth problems and to find solution to conflict situations where ever needed. We have two resident monks at the premises at any given time to serve its community through its religious education and other community needs that arise from time to time . Venerable Kotte Santhindriya was the chief monk and the first of this temple and a permanent resident of Australia .
Daham Niketanaya has become the home for this rare gift from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara. Sacred relics of Lord Buddha from this historical and world famous land Mahiyangana which happened to be the first place visited by Gautama Buddha when arrived in Sri Lanka. It was brought to Australia and presented to Daham Niketanaya by Chief incumbent and Trustee of Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara Venerable Urulewatte Dammarakkita Thero on Saturday the 22nd of February 2011.A procession including Kandyian dancers and drummers followed by the ceremony of presentation of sacred relics which was enshirined later in a little stupa in the presence of Cheif incumbent of Daham Niketanaya Ven. Santhindriya Thero and resident monk Makola Nanda Thero. A Large crowd of Buddhist and non Buddhist were gathered to witness this meritorias and rare event. Sacred relics will be on display for viewing for the public on special occasions with prior notice.
1690 Mickelham Road,
Tel. 03 9333 4848