Hindus have welcomed the approval of $18.5 million Hindu temple and high-tech community complex by Northampton (East Midlands) Borough Council.
Besides a spectacular Hindu temple, the “Northampton Kutumbh Centre” (wider family), will include state-of-the-art and eco-friendly sports, recreation and leisure, education, enterprise, arts and entertainment facilities on about 4.3 acres.
It will provide structure for events, exhibitions, meetings, indoor and outdoor sports, clubs, crèche and nursery, housing complex for seniors, elderly day care, library, etc. The centre will use solar and geo-thermal pump technology.
“Northampton Kutumbh Centre” will include a cinema to show Bollywood films and will have facilities for badminton, indoor cricket, five-a-side football, etc.
Construction of the centre will be launched next year, completing in 2014.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed applauded efforts of project leaders and Northampton and surrounding community “to realize this wonderful and all-inclusive Hindu temple complex.”
Mr. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to the future generations.
He stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which is the goal of Hinduism.
“Northampton Kutumbh Centre” will be built by Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation, a voluntary charity organization established in 1996 and focused on enriching the lives of Northampton’s Hindus by meeting their social, cultural, welfare and health needs.
Neelam Aggarwal is the Chairperson while Atul Karavadra is the Treasurer of the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation.
Each year Northampton has a public celebration of Diwali, which includes procession around town centre lead by dhol drums, workshops and performances in Market Square, henna painting, sari-tying, etc.