Hindu Temple will be major attraction in Midwest: KP Singh

March 23, 2015 11:12 AM

INDIANAPOLIS: A leading American Sikh personality KP Singh of Indianapolis has described the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, which is now under massive expansion, as a "major attraction" in Midwest and the news may be of interest to the Indian Diaspora audiences worldwide.

In a congratulalory message posted online, Mr Singh, recipients of scores of international awards for his outstanding service to the community, said " Once completed the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana (HTCI) will be major attraction in the Midwest as an architectural landmark of historic significance in central Indiana. To all who have worked so hard, contributed generously to the vision, design, and in building this beautiful architectural monument and embellishing it with the detailing of the celebrated ancient Hindu temples in India right here in central Indiana: Our heartiest congratulations!"

"May this Temple continue to be a place of blessing, learning, and service to the followers of Hindu faith, interfaith community, to all who visit in peace, friendship, and as pilgrims of spirit," KP Singh said.
Spread over 13.5 acres of land the $10 million expansion of the Hindu Temple will be completed soon and the five-day "Maha Kumbhabhishekam" ceremony to mark the consecration will commence on June 3.

"Ancient temple ritual of Kumbhabhishekam is believed to synergize-unite-homogenize the mystic powers of the deity and it involves ritual bathing with sanctified sacred waters accompanied by chanting of appropriate mantras, thus transforming the deity statue into a vibrant representation of the God," according to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed of Nevada.

Shrines of Shiva, Radha Krishna, Ram Parivar, Durga, Jain, Balaji, Ganesha, Saraswathi, Ayyappa, Bhoodevi, Shirdi Sai Baba and Rajagopuram will be inaugurated during the ceremonies.

An article about the major expansion and opening of the Hindu Temple appeared in The
Indianapolis Star on March 17, 2015. The article also carried 20 photos online.

"It's a sign that we're putting down roots in Indiana — permanent roots," said temple board vice chair Arun Jain.

According to the Indianapolis Star article, HTCI is meant to appeal to different sects within Hinduism, Jain said. In India, different groups of Hindus would have their own temples, but here in Indianapolis they can come together in one place.

"We really want to be all-inclusive and cater to all communities within the Hindu community," he said.

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