Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 15, 2006


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Europe's Largest Hindu Temple
To Open in August, 2006 In Birmingham, UK.

Hinduism Today: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, July 8, 2006: (HPI note: For further information on the following press release, contact Dr. Jammi Rao, the temple's Press Officer, by clicking the preceding yellow name at hilite.)

Europe's largest Hindu temple, near Birmingham, is set to open in August 2006 with great fanfare and elaborate rituals performed by priests especially brought from India.

The Temple is a not-for-profit organization. It is becoming a full-fledged functional house of worship. Besides providing a congenial atmosphere for spiritual advancement, it also serves as a focal point for celebrating the cultural diversity of the Hindus.

Daily worships ( Pooja ), grand festivals, exquisite cultural programs, children's education programs, energetic youth activities, and humanitarian projects radiate the power ( Shakti ) of this spiritual sanctuary.

The US$12 million temple, funded in part by a grant from the Millennium Fund, stands on 12.5 acres of former waste land. In 1992, 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 August 23, 2006, and will culminate with the sanctification of the majestic temple built in the same style as the famous Tirupati temple honouring Lord Venkateshwara (Lord Ram) in India. The Tirupati temple is one of the most revered temples in India. (Please click here to know more about Tirupati temple organization called TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS in Andhra Pradesh State in India as published on this PVAF web site)

"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. V. P. 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.

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 installation of the six-foot-tall Deity of Lord Venkateshwara (Lord Rama); a dozen Hindu priests will perform ancient Vedic rituals to purify and sanctify the land and the buildings.

Please click here to visIt the web site of the Shri Venkateshwara (Balaji) Temple of Birmingham, UK.



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