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Murugan temple, Sydney, Australia Image source: www.noyodecia.com

Australia is one of those continents with which India shares not only a sport tie of cricket, hockey or others, but the land serves as a strong threshold for Indian students to pursue their studies with immense scope in the later years of their life. Recently, a survey suggested how Australia is becoming the most favorite destination for Indians who seek to settle abroad. Thus, it becomes crucial for such a place to have religious centers for almost 17% of its population and when this population carries a cultural baggage of a rich religious background. Herein, it is significant to know the most renowned temples of Hindu origins which is for their idol worship.

Murugan Temple

The temple is situated in Western Suburbs of Melbourne and is one of the highest visited sites by Indians. It has three shrines within the premises of Lord Ganesh, shivalinga and Parvathi and Lord Murugan. The building was completed in 1999 and also encompasses other worshiped deities by Hindus. Thus, it becomes a traditional Indian embodiment with all its pluralities.

Durga devsthanam temple

This Devi temple describes the utter importance of female deities in India. The temple trust arranges festivals at certain important dates and thus the Indians out there never lose the essence of their land. It is situated in the city where the maximum number of Indians reside, Sidney. It was sanctified in late 2002 and celebrates the much awaited Navratri festival annually.

Shiva Vishnu temple

The temple has a unique story of its inauguration. Crossing all the barriers put to defy its construction, the temple legally came into force in 1994. The place is in the suburbs of Carrum Downs and is the largest one in the Victoria city of Australia.  It has a prominent place in the heart of all the devotees. People come to Melbourne from far and wide places to visit the place.

 

Sri Shakti temple

The temple is a crucial construction from the people of Fijian island. It was built in Sydney in the Old Windsor road in the early 90’s on the Indian ideals of dharma and karma. The place hosts hundreds of people in their annual festival. It was built by a non-profit organisation and they offer time to time cultural programmes in which one can indulge and become the part of the support system.

Sydney murugan temple

This piece of art is a picture of the south Indian god murugan (an avatar of lord Vishnu). Though it acknowledges the deity but also celebrates different other gods. It also works on the principles of Shaiva doctrines, a branch of the bhakti movement which celebrates the incarnate god. It is situated near the Westmead railway station. One cannot miss the artistry in the construction of this work.

Sri Venketeswara temple

The consecration of this temple was done in 1978 with the increasing Indian population and was built with the usage of the Agama Shastra. Also famous as the HELENSBURGH temple (as it is placed there), it defines the cultural heritage of Indians and is a delight to see while the annual festivals are performed.

One sees how the overseas has accepted the Indian multiculturalist tendency and the idea of tolerance is accepted all over the world. All these temples schemes were initiated by different Indians whose contribution in this scattering of the culture cannot be forgotten. Not only do these temples serve as a place to visit and worship, in addition to that various socio-cultural programmes and events like learning of an Indian language or arrangements of wedding ceremonies also take place to promote Indian togetherness .

 

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Queensland in Australia to Combat Diseases And Deaths Caused by Climate-change

Forecasters say southeastern Australia can expect more unusually warm and dry conditions in the coming months

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FILE - A dead tree stands near a water tank in a drought-stricken paddock located on the outskirts of the southwestern Queensland town of Cunnamulla in outback Australia, Aug. 10, 2017. (VOA)

The Queensland state government in Australia is to fund a new program to help combat killer heatwaves and outbreaks of disease caused by climate change. Authorities are even discussing imposing tobacco-style taxes against carbon polluters. The initiative comes as the United Nation chief warned that if the world does not take serious action by 2020, it risks the fallout from “runaway climate change.”

The plan to tackle climate-related disease and deaths from heatwaves is part of the Queensland government’s efforts to cut the state’s carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

The strategy urges bureaucrats and executives to consider health impacts when assessing mining and energy projects. It also encourages the government not to subsidize “activities harmful to health and climate stability”.

It identifies heat stress among children and the elderly as the main concern for the future. Heatwaves are Australia’s biggest natural hazard, killing more people than droughts, floods and bush fires put together.

Other climate-driven health fears are “food and water insecurity, malnutrition, worsening [and] cardiovascular and respiratory” illnesses.

Fiona Armstrong, the head of the Climate and Health Alliance, which helped draw up the plan, said wild conditions can kill.

“You only need to look at the example of thunderstorm asthma in Melbourne a couple of years ago to see how these kinds of events, even though they might be predicted, can really take the sector and the community by surprise,” Armstrong said.

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Tire tracks left by a truck can be seen in a drought-stricken paddock on Kahmoo Station property, located on the outskirts of the southwestern Queensland town of Cunnamulla in outback Australia, Aug. 10, 2017. (VOA)

Thunderstorm asthma can be triggered when storms play havoc with pollen, causing potentially fatal respiratory problems.

The Queensland plan also identifies the increased risk of mental illness among those affected by a worsening drought that has gripped much of eastern Australia, including much of Queensland and the entire state of New South Wales.

Queensland farmer Sid Plant said federal authorities are not doing enough.

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“Politicians do not seem to want to recognize that climate change is affecting Australia’s farmers. We are feeling the pain as early as anybody in the world. We are not living in the same climate that we were 20 years ago or 50 years ago,” said Plant.

Forecasters say southeastern Australia can expect more unusually warm and dry conditions in the coming months.

Some Australians doubt man’s influence on the climate, insisting that a shifting climate is part of a natural cycle. However, that remains a minority view. (VOA)