As early as 1944 the Sabha realised that temples as centres of worship could play an important role in spreading religious ideas to the masses. In January 1944, the Maha Sabha organised and convened in Durban, the first Conference on Hindu Temples in South Africa. For one or two days the conference discussed various matters dealing with temples. The need for the improvement of the conditions existing in the temples and for the holding of regular Sunday services, the effective use of temples for propagating religious ideas and other relevant matters, engaged the attention of the representatives of twenty-seven temples, who attended the conference.
Today, the Maha Sabha provides a forum for all Hindus – Sanathanist, Savite, Arya Samajist, Vaisnavite, Shakta, Advaita, Visisthadvaita, Dwaita, Mimansaka, to meet, discuss their common problems, exchange views and ideas and renew the perennial faith. The Maha Sabha does not direct what its constituent members should believe in or practice but instead tries to unite the Hindus as stated in the famous quotation “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.”
For the past 104 years the Maha Sabha has endeavoured to serve as a democratic forum for Hindus in South Africa. During this period many men and women have served the Maha Sabha with dedicated distinction.