Nitin Desai of Canton Township can vividly remember October 1986, when interest in building a Hindu Temple in Canton gained some steam.
“I still remember the day, a committee with about 30 people meeting in my house,” Desai said. “We only thought we'd have a small group of people and needed a small hall.”
After using the Plymouth Cultural Center and other facilities, a small temple hall was constructed the next year on Cherry Hill Road between Sheldon and Canton Center that served about 110 worshipers. The temple was expanded in 1997. And now, with nearly 900 people worshiping at the Hindu Temple, groundbreaking ceremonies for a new 37,517-square-foot temple will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-17.
“We are going to have a two-story building that will replace the current building, which will be torn down for parking,” said Desai, who is Hindu Temple president. “The Prayer Hall will hold 900 people for floor seating, and the basement will have a multi-purpose room that will seat about 450 people for conferences and seminars. We will also have classrooms and a kitchen.”