Temple History

1. Background

Devotees in Zambia in Southern Africa have experienced and enjoyed the bliss of Hinduism through two decades of continuous prayers and worship at a Hindu temple established in a small town near the capital city of Lusaka.

Several hundreds of Hindu Professionals from many countries in the world over who have been working in Zambia have experienced miracles through the Grace of Lalitha Ambigai (Kanchi Kamakshi) and the founder of the temple late Mr.Vadilal Tribovandas Shah.

2. The begining

Kafue Hindu Temple is situated along Lusaka Livingstone main road 47 km from Lusaka and near the Kafue  main Bus station and opposite the Railway Station. Late Mr.V.T Shah inspired by his wife Late Mrs. Vimlaben Vadilal Shah founded the Hindu Temple  in Kafue in 1974.

Shah family came from Gujerat India to Northern Rhodesia in 1929 and then migrated to Zambia in 1936. He Chose Kafue to settle down and started his business .As a successful entrepreneur and a social worker he was councilor of Kafue Town Council from 1965 to 1970.

3. The Inspiration

Late Mrs.Vimlaben Vadilal Shah was a religious lady devoting her time to prayers with specific devotion to Mathaji –Sakthi worship. Her dream was to build a temple in her premises and started collecting funds from her relatives and friends in Zambia and Zimbabwe. But she could not complete her dream before she passed away in 1969.

Late Mr V.T. Shah shaken up by the death of his wife became religious and devoted the rest of his life to worship until his death in 1998. He continued with the mission of his late wife and fulfilled her dream of building a temple using the funds collected by his late wife as the seed money.  

4. Devi's will

Devi willing, Mr. Narayanan, an Engineer working for the Railways at Kafue volunteered to construct the temple with the sanctum being a replica of a temple in wood without a single nail. He started to build the wooden sanctum of the temple in 1974 and completed in 1976 even after he was transferred to Lusaka and later to Kabwe.

The temple was a small one room concrete building with a wooden sanctum with three compartments in which were three framed pictures of Parasakthi, Kali and Venkateshwarar .In addition Durga Amba Matha   in metal adorned the central compartment as the deity of the temple. On the walls were metal deities of Ganesh and skanda as well as other deities on the Wooden Gopuram.

The temple is located in the private property of Mr.V.T Shah .He began to offer prayers every day morning and evenings .As years went by he gave up his business and devoted his life to prayers at the temple. He prayed for the well being of the devotees spontaneously and hence attracted several devotees to the temple through his devotion, sincerity and love. 

5. The Devi’s Wish-for the expansion

As there was no Hindu Temple in Lusaka at that time, Hindus began to patronise this temple .As the number of devotees increased; there was a need to expand the temple. In 1979 ten devotees of the temple initiated by Mr. M.Ramanathan and Late Mr. N.Namasiwayam constructed a hall to meet the needs of devotees visiting the temple. 

6. Devi installation

On the suggestion of Mr. Vijaya Haran and Dr N.Prahlada Sastri a Professor at the University of Zambia who were expounding Lalitha worship it was God’s will that Lalitha Ambigai or Kanchi Kamakshi be installed in the temple sanctum.

Mr. M.Ramanathan and Mr. P.Balakrishnan volunteered to get the deity specially made in India .The duo visited India and brought the deity specially made of alloy (pancha loham using five metals) in Madras, as prescribed. 

7. Sons Join the Mother

At the installation of Lalitha Ambigai along with Maha Meru on Masi Maham day in February 1980, it was suggested that her sons Ganesh and Skanda accompany the mother. Mr.N.Gananadha volunteered and brought the two deities as prescribed made of Pancha Loha/ Alloy from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

In On 13th September 1980 Dr N.P.Sastri installed Ganesh and Skanda at the temple.

8. Founder of the Temple

Late Mr. Vadilal Tribhovandas Shah and familly.