A dream to create a sanctuary for prayer & meditation to Lord Venkateswara (Lord of the heaven) and to establish a Hindu spiritual centre in this part of the country to fill the vast gap in the spiritual life amongst a large section of our community. The inspiration was the Thirupathi (heaven on earth) Temple in Andhra Pradesh in South India. The charity Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple as a Charitable Trust was set up in 2016 by a dedicated group of Hindus.
The Thirupathi Temple which the Tividale temple is modelled on is set amongst seven hills in the lush tropical forest in the second oldest Rock Mountains called Eastern Ghats; the oldest being the Rocky Mountain in Americas. The natural beauty of the setting justifies its name meaning 'heaven on earth'. The Thirupathi temple is the most visited Hindu place of worship in the world and it is the richest in terms of offerings made by the devotees and this fund supports a large number of charities.
The Hindu style of temple architecture evolved over many centuries has many distinctive features depending on the region and the period. Shri Venkateswara Temple reflects the South Indian Dravidian styles (Pallava, Chola & Pandya) with distinctive granite carved Gopuras (towers) incorporating many traditional stone carvings.
The East facing temple complex with shrines and the main Gopura are planned symmetrically about a truly East West axis. The access road leads one to the courtyard through the main Gopura opening on to a vista with shrines on both sides (yet to be completed) and the imposing main temple with grand ceremonial stairs in front. The community centre reflects the Buddhist style with distinctive vaulted horse-shoe roof form.
The temple and the community centre are open to the public irrespective of one's creed, religion and ethnic origin, for prayers, spiritual fulfilment and meditation. The plans for the future development include the creation of a landscaped park site and amenity area with emphasis on unity in diversity, spiritual, cultural and educational advancement to all.