The religious and social activities of the 15 000-strong
Hindu community in Hong Kong are centred on the Hindu Temple in Happy
Valley. The Hindu Association of Hong Kong is responsible for the upkeep
of the temple, which is also used for meditation, spiritual lectures,
yoga classes and other community activities as well as the observance
of major Hindu festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra and Holi.
Naming, engagement and marriage ceremonies are performed at the temple
according to Hindu rites. Devotional music sessions and religious discourses
are held every Sunday morning and Monday evening. The Sunday sessions
are followed by a free community meal.
The Hindu Temple is an approved place of worship for
the performance of marriages under the Marriage Ordinance.
Other important services provided by the temple include
administration of last rites, arrangements for cremation and related ceremonies
and the maintenance of the Hindu crematorium at Cape Collinson.