About the Temple
Canada Sri Ayyappan Hindu temple is a non-profit religious organization registered in 1991 in the province of Ontario. The temple has Charity Registration No. 132264607RR001. Our temple was the FIRST Sri Dharma Sastha (Ayyappan Temple) established in Canada.
We respect and comply with Canadian Government rules & regulations and provincial law in force at all times.
We have a structured organization within our temple. Please visit ‘Temple Charter’ for our Vision & Mission, Our Goals, Our commitments and responsibilities.
The idol of Sri Dharma Sastha (also called Sri Ayyappan) was earlier a part of Sri Hariharan’s (devotee) family in Markham. As a result of the interest and efforts of few other devotees, from 15.01.1991 daily pooja was started for sastha and perfomed by Mani Iyer, son-in-law of Kothamangalam Subbu (noted cine personality). The daily pooja was continued from that day onwards.
Subsequently, the idol was moved to Woburn College, on Ellesmere Road in Scarborough, Ontario on every Sunday and the lord was offered abishegam & bajans in the morning and moved back to residence in the evening.
In June 1993, Sri Jayaratham, a devotee published a souvenir called “Makara Jyothi” at the location of 2691 Markham Road, Unit 14. The Sastha was moved to this location and kept on a table and a shelter was built subsequently so as to commence the daily worship from here.
In 1995, the devotees decided to build a Sannidhanam for Sastha but the space was insufficient so Units 18 & 19 was rented to enhance the activities. The place was offered for rent with a condition that it should be vacated when the owner needed. A separate sannidhanam was created and formal kumbabishegam was performed in 1996 our lord was housed there till 1998 as the owner needed the area.
The Sastha was moved to Middlefield road, Unit 10. In 1998, around 5 acres of land was purchased in 635 Middlefield Road. After making all arrangements the idol of Sri Dharma Sastha was moved to this premise in 1999.
In 2005, bhoomi pooja was performed in our premises and a big temple was built (as you see now) and our Sastha was moved here along with another big idol of Sastha installed. In 2009 kumbabishegam was performed for the temple.
The temple as you see now is a result of hard work of many, public support and, of course, with grace of Lord himself.