Europe's Largest Hindu
To Open in August, 2006 In Birmingham, UK.
Hinduism Today: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND,
July 8, 2006: (HPI note: For further information on the following press
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
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
to know more about Tirupati temple organization called TIRUMALA TIRUPATI
DEVASTHANAMS in Andhra Pradesh State in India as published on this PVAF web
"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
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.
here to visIt the web site of the Shri Venkateshwara (Balaji) Temple
of Birmingham, UK.