A Hindu temple is urgently needed in Oxford, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, has said.
Mr Zed said a Hindu temple was urgently needed for the spiritual needs of about 10,000 Hindus in Oxfordshire County.
He added that the temple was also necessary to cater for the spiritual needs of Hindu students at the world renowned University of Oxford.
Mr Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged the world Hindu community to come forward to help the locals who were trying to raise a temple.
He also urged the Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to contribute towards the temple so that their Hindu citizens can have their own worship place like other major religions.
A voluntary democratic community organization registered as charity, Oxford Hindu Temple & Community Centre Project, aims to raise £500,000 for the Hindu Temple/Community Centre to meet the spiritual, cultural and social needs of the community. The organisation has already collected about £110,000.
The Community Centre would also serve as a meeting place for seniors, activities for youth and interfaith events.