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Rs. 500-crore new temple in US beckons rich Hindus

Reminiscent of ancient Hindu kings who diverted funds for temples to display their wealth, the rich Hindu community in the United States has unveiled a huge Hindu temple built with Rs.500 crore but to survive for at least 1,000 years.

The Swaminarayan temple neighbouring the Hollywood city in Los Angeles was built with carved stones and marble fittings, to withstand any earthquake was opened on Sunday by Chino Hill Mayor Peter Rogers, who said, “the Mandir and Cultural Center will indeed be a place that Chino Hills can be proud of for so many, many generations.”

The temple’s architecture based on Medieval Indian style was built from 35,000 pieces of manually carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone. The temple encompasses five pinnacles, two domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 arches.

The temple is built on a 20-acre site, with 91 foot lotus-shaped reflection pond, a cultural Centre, a gymnasium and classrooms. The walls were ethed with 6,600 hand-carved motifs depicting Hindu epics and saints.

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which has built the temple, said in a statement that the temple was built to bring peace to any agitated mind and restore faith in spiritual places.

BAPS said that it is first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world. “The upper structure of the complex is protected from earthquake damage by separating it from the base with a series of 40 base-isolator units,” it said.

The temple uses a solar power system.

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