During the 1970s, our Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada regularly visited Melbourne to meet the public and influential figures in our community. He gave lectures and inspired his young followers to deepen their practice of bhakti-yoga. Importantly, he installed the Deity form (archa-vigraha) of Lord Krishna so that his students could learn to worship Krishna personally.
In 1973, when the Temple was in Burnett Street in St Kilda, Srila Prabhupada installed Hare Krishna Melbourne’s presiding Deities, Sri-Sri Radha-Vallabha.
Much to everyone’s delight, in May 1975 Srila Prabhupada opened our permanent Temple at 197 Danks Street, Albert Park. To mark the occasion, he installed the beautiful Deities of Sri-Sri Gaura Nitai (Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda).
Hare Krishna Melbourne is still presided over by the same beautiful Deities of Sri-Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri-Sri Radha-Vallabha, along with Jagannatha- Baladeva-Subhadra.