Western Leader : May 29th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, May 29, 2015 Right, stone masons fromIndia carved sculptures of Hindu deities out of a single block ofmarble. Left, Hindu deities will be unveiled on June 13 after eight days of prayers. By ROSE REES-OWEN THE opening of a Hindu temple will be marked by eight days of prayers and celebrations. The $5 million complex in Henderson is the largest temple in the southern hemisphere devoted to Lord Rama, site manager Umesh Chand says. A cleansing process for those blessing the temple will begin on June 6, and prayers to different deities will continue until the grand opening on June 13. The project is led by the Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust. President Pravin Kumar says the aim is to have a place where people can pray and learn about Indian culture, as well as creating a venue for the community to congregate. The three-storey building consists of a temple on the top floor with lavish paintings and sculptures of different Hindu deities, and a community centre on the second floor. The basement will be used for storage, among other things. The priest’s quarters are located next to the temple. Each sculpture has been carved from a single block of marble imported from India. Stone masons from India have been employed to carry out the carving and the intricate details the architecture requires. June 13 will see the sculptures in the temple unveiled. The community centre has a stage, two changing rooms and a commercial kitchen. Trustee Shiu Charan says the space is for everyone, not just Hindus. ‘‘We’re all the same as far as humanity is concerned, and we want to see greater interaction between multiethnic communities.’’ Plans for the temple were first floated more than five years ago, and construction began in July 2012. The trust funded the project through donations, fundraising and grant schemes. A cultural programme from June 6 to 11, from 7.30pm to 9pm, will be open to the public at the temple at 11 Brick St before the grand opening. SitemanagerUmesh Chand, left, andtrustee Shiu Charan gear up for the grand opening. Photos: ROSE REES-OWEN Help your neighbours find theirmissing pets Fido has gone walkabout, has anyone seen him?
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