of UK opened the largest Hindu temple near Birmingham city
Birmingham city, Aug. 24, 2006
The largest Hindu temple in Europe is opening in the West
Midlands, near Birmingham city with a five-day religious
festival. More than 10,000 visitors are expected in a five
day festival of inauguration.
- The design and architecture of the temple is based on
one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world, the Tirupati-Tirumala
Temple in India.
- The temple has been built on the site of a former tip
in Dudley Road East, which was donated by the Black Country
Development Corporation in 1987
- The temple project has been funded by a £3.3m lottery
grant from the Millennium Commission and has taken more
than three decades to come to fruition. The NRI group began
fundraising nationwide and in 1996 they were approved lottery
funding. Three founder members of the project invested £100,000
of their own money to prevent the project going bankrupt.
- This temple will accommodate more than 400 people.The
festival will culminate with installation of a 12ft deity
of Lord Krishna, the supreme Hindu god.
- From India, fifteen priests were flown to UK to perform
ancient rituals in Sanskrit to pray gods to enter the ''Kumbhabhishekam''
of Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple. Dr. VP Narayan Rao,
the founding chairman of the temple, said: 'The priests
are trained from the age of seven to do the chanting. Only
these people can do it.
In 1999 the first of three smaller shrines adjacent
to the site of the main temple was completed. A team of
600 builders started work in India on the main temple
building. The granite, concrete, and other structure was
built in stages in India and brought in UK to put together.
Very highly-skilled 30 crafsmen were brought from India
to UK for carvings of Hindu gods and godesses inside the
NRI, Bimal Krishna Das, secretary of the National Council
of Hindu Temples, said: 'This is great news for the British
Hindu community. The opening of this great temple will
be a wonderful addition to the multi-religious society
of Britain, especially in West Midlands.' Dr. Kandiah
Somasundara Rajah, has been involved with this project
since 1970. He said: 'We used to have the use of another
temple but then the congregation got bigger and in 1974
some of our group thought we should get our own temple.
The largest Hindu temple in Europe, Shri Venkateswara (Balaji)
Temple of the UK in Tividale. with the cost of £6.5m
- It is situated on a 13-acre site in Dudley Road East in
Tividale, near Birmingham city
Two elephants made of fibreglass stand at the Shri Venkateswara
(Balaji) Temple in Tividale
Maha Kumbhabhish ekam