Europe’s Largest Hindu Temple to Open in Birmingham

Europe’s largest Hindu temple, in Birmingham, is set to open in August with
great fanfare and elaborate rituals performed by priests especially brought
from India.

The £6.5 million Temple, part funded by a grant from the Millennium Fund, stands on 13.5 acres of former waste land. In 1987 the then Black Country Development Corporation made the site available for this unique project.

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event which will begin on 23rd August 2006 and will culminate with the sanctification of the majestic Temple built in the same style as the famous Tirupati Temple in India. The Tirupati Temple is the second richest religious institution after the Vatican and is one of the most revered Temples in India.

“This is the fulfillment of a long cherished dream, the end of a long road; and the beginning of a new era; not just for those most closely involved with the Temple project but for every Hindu in the world”, said Dr. VP
Narayan Rao, the chairman of Trustees.

The temple construction involved scores of sculptors and artisans from India working ceaselessly to make the intricate carvings of ancient Hindu Gods and Goddesses on the walls, pillars and ceilings of the Temple. The design and construction of the Temple involved a blend of ancient tradition and materials such as imported granite and modern methods. The Temple complex also includes a multi-purpose community hall that is available to the community.

Mr SP Hinduja, a patron, said: ‘This is a remarkable achivement. It is not just a beautiful and sacred Temple but also a unique addition to the architectural heritage of the country. The opening of this great Temple will
bring a new vibrancy to the region’

The opening of the temple in Tividale, near Birmingham, will be a most remarkable religious event for 600,000 British people who belong to the Hindu faith. It will involve the the installation of the 12 feet tall deity
of Lord Venkateshwara (Lord Krishna); a dozen Hindu priests will perform ancient Vedic rituals to purify and sanctify the land and the buildings.

“This is great news for the Hindu British community. The opening of this great temple will be a wonderful addition to the multi-religious society of Britain, especially in West Midlands”, said Mr. Bimal Krishna Das, the
secretary, of the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK).

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