Berlin's Hindus Are Building Two New Temples

September 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu Press International

The 6,000 Hindus living in Germany's capital city, after years of praying in a cellar, are moving forward with plans for not one but two spacious temples, both to be built in Neukoelln, a suburb of Berlin.

In February, the Sri Mayurapathy Murugan Temple Association announced plans for a temple to Lord Murugan, who is especially beloved by Hindus from South India and Sri Lanka. The temple will accommodate 120 worshippers and will have an 11-meter-high gopura, standing on a 744 sq m (8,000 sq ft) plot of land which the association is buying for 170,000 euros (US$260,000). The project is expected to cost around 600,000 euros (US$890,000) in all and will be funded by donations. Construction should be completed by the end of 2009.