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Hinduism is one of the fastest growing religions in New Zealand. The number of Hindus has grown from 26,000 in 1996 to 39,627 in 2001. The recently conducted 2006 census showed the number of Hindus to be 64,557. The below image gives the deatails of 2001 census. (Note Percentage addsd over 100% due to more than one entry by mixed origin people.) File:NZLHC.PNG

The population of Hindus has grown by 61.8%.[1]

Temples

There are several Hindu temples in New Zealand, most of them in Auckland.

The Bharatiya Mandir is located in Balmoral and contains Deities of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Rama and Goddess Seeta, and Lord Hanuman.

There is a Tamil-style Thirumurugan Temple in Ellerslie. The temple has Deities of Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Goddess Rajarajeswari Amman, Lord Bhairava and the Navagrahas (nine planets).

The Sri Ganesh Temple is located in Papakura. The temple has Deities of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Lord Kamakshi, Lord Kartikeya (Murugan)and Parvati (Shakti).

There is also a Radha-Krishna Temple in Eden Terrace and a Ram Krishna Temple in Papatoetoe.

The International Swaminarayan Satsang Organisation runs a Swaminarayan Temple in Auckland. The main Deities are Ghanshyam Maharaj, Nar Narayan Dev, Radha Krishna Dev and Ram Parivar as well as Kul Devs of the local community.

Wellington Hindus can worship at the[2] in Newlands. It has Deities of Lord Ganesh, Lord Murugan and Lord Shiva (as Nataraja).

The Wellington Indian Association run a North Indian style Temple with Deities of Lord Rama, Goddess Seeta and Lakshmana, Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna, Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman.[3]

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness also has a presence in New Zealand, running temples in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The Auckland temple is located out of the city, and is built in the Vedic style with a tower over the main shrine.

Unfortunately there is no Hindu temple in Dunedin, however the International Society of Krishna Consciousness run programs at the university Clubs and Socieites Centre.

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