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Monday 3 October 2011

1-million pound Hindu temple opening in UK

NEVADA: The 1-million-pounds BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir is opening in Belgrave section of Leicester in England on October 9.
The Mandir, which features three sikhar towers and was approved by the City Council in 2008, besides regular worship services, will reportedly have provision for morning-evening aarti, sports, music lessons and Gujarati instruction.

Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Friday, applauded the efforts of the Mandir management and area community for realizing this wonderful temple complex.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this new Temple would help in this direction.

He stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.

A former industrial site, the Mandir complex will reportedly have over 100 parking spaces. Temple management, in order to keep the traffic congestion to minimum, is encouraging worshippers to walk, cycle or use public transport; and might use shuttle service to temple on major festivals.

Much of the building work is said to have been carried out by volunteers. About 25 percent population of Leicester is of India descent and about 15 percent of its residents are Hindus. About 16 percent residents speak Gujarati and other languages spoken include Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam.

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