Source: Earth Times
Europe's second biggest Hindu temple is to be built in a Berlin park, according to plans announced in the German capital on Monday. Construction work on the temple dedicated to the elephant-headed deity Ganesha is due to begin on October 28 at Hasenheide in the suburb of Neukoelln.
The local mayor, Heinz Buschkowsky, handed over a 73-year-lease for the site to the Sri Ganesh Hindu Temple committee on Monday.
The temple is expected to act as a place of worship and cultural meeting point for the 6,000 Hindus living in Berlin.
A 17-metre ornamental tower dominates the entrance to the complex, which will contain one large temple with seating capacity for more than 300 and four smaller temples.
There will also be a community centre, kitchen and storage rooms.
The building, costing 850,000 euros (1.12 million dollars), will be financed almost exclusively by donations, according to the temple trustees.