Hindu temple gets £2.5 million redevelopment

The Bolton News: REDEVELOPMENT Mr Ganysham Patel, chairman of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, in the new look building REDEVELOPMENT Mr Ganysham Patel, chairman of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, in the new look building

A HINDU temple in Bolton is putting the finishing touches to a £2.5 million redevelopment ahead of its grand reopening later this month.

Deane Road’s Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Temple has expanded its main hall and prayer room, as well as adding a car park, store rooms and activity facilities.

Work began at the temple — which took over a unitarian church building in 1998 — last September.

A number of dignitaries, including MPs David Crausby and Yasmin Qureshi, will be at the reopening on August 12.

Ganshyam Patel, chairman of the temple, said: “We’re calling it a reopening but we’ve never been completely shut. We’ve had to move things around the building work at various points but it’s more a way of celebrating our new facilities.”

Money for the building work came from donations and interest-free loans, according to Mr Patel, aged 58, from Great Lever.

He added that some new paintings — sent to the UK by the Soni family in India — are still to be added to the ceiling of the main prayer room over the coming months.

Mr Patel said: “More and more people were coming, so we needed to expand to put more activities on for people.

“Between 500 and 600 people are involved with the temple and about 150 will be here every weekend.

“We are involved in more than simply religious activities — we run three cricket teams, a football team, yoga classes, a Scottish pipe band and also offer language classes.

“To offer more things to more people, we needed more space.”

Mr Crausby and Ms Qureshi will be joined at the meeting by several councillors, the Bishop of Bolton, Chris Edmondson and mosque leaders.

The temple’s spiritual leader, 71-year-old His Holiness Shree Purshottampryadasjee Swamishree, from Ahmedabad, India, will attend the ceremony, having also travelled to Bolton in June to bless its main shrine after it moved position.

When the temple — which also raises cash for schools and feeding centres in India — started in Bolton in 1971, services were held for only a dozen or so people in a terraced house.

They moved to a house, now a hairdressers, opposite their Deane Road location before buying the church building in 1998.

The temple is named after Lord Swaminarayan, the central figure in the modern sect of Hinduism, which has the same name.

Hindus believe there is only one god but that he appeared on the earth at different times.

Lord Swaminarayan lived 225 years ago and was born in 1781.

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5:12pm Mon 5 Aug 13

lv8151 says...

looks stunning
looks stunning lv8151
  • Score: 4

6:12pm Mon 5 Aug 13

wild one says...

Work began at the temple — which took over a unitarian church building in 1998 — last September.??????

15 yrs..last september
Work began at the temple — which took over a unitarian church building in 1998 — last September.?????? 15 yrs..last september wild one
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7:18pm Mon 5 Aug 13

bwfc58 says...

I would like to know how much public money helped to build it . i would bet most of it . and they say the councils are poor what a laugh .
I would like to know how much public money helped to build it . i would bet most of it . and they say the councils are poor what a laugh . bwfc58
  • Score: -3

7:39pm Mon 5 Aug 13

underwater says...

While many Christian Churches are really struggling to carry out repairs, it strikes me as rather odd that this hindu temple has had all this money spent on it. Have all the Hindu worshippers got really well paid jobs, that they can afford to give so much money for this project to be completed. If not, where has all the money come from? I was under the impression there was a large amount of poverty and depression in the Deane Road area
While many Christian Churches are really struggling to carry out repairs, it strikes me as rather odd that this hindu temple has had all this money spent on it. Have all the Hindu worshippers got really well paid jobs, that they can afford to give so much money for this project to be completed. If not, where has all the money come from? I was under the impression there was a large amount of poverty and depression in the Deane Road area underwater
  • Score: -3

9:27pm Mon 5 Aug 13

Malcolm Tucker says...

underwater wrote:
While many Christian Churches are really struggling to carry out repairs, it strikes me as rather odd that this hindu temple has had all this money spent on it. Have all the Hindu worshippers got really well paid jobs, that they can afford to give so much money for this project to be completed. If not, where has all the money come from? I was under the impression there was a large amount of poverty and depression in the Deane Road area
What made you think Hindus live in the Dean area?? You are talking about Muslims I would suspect. But I guess to someone like you "they're all the same eh?"

If Christina churches want repairs, the unless its a listed building, there aint any help from the public sector. The Christians themselves will have to dig deep, just like the Hindus did.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: While many Christian Churches are really struggling to carry out repairs, it strikes me as rather odd that this hindu temple has had all this money spent on it. Have all the Hindu worshippers got really well paid jobs, that they can afford to give so much money for this project to be completed. If not, where has all the money come from? I was under the impression there was a large amount of poverty and depression in the Deane Road area[/p][/quote]What made you think Hindus live in the Dean area?? You are talking about Muslims I would suspect. But I guess to someone like you "they're all the same eh?" If Christina churches want repairs, the unless its a listed building, there aint any help from the public sector. The Christians themselves will have to dig deep, just like the Hindus did. Malcolm Tucker
  • Score: 17

10:25pm Mon 5 Aug 13

great ideas! says...

IF YOU WOULD STOP DRINKING AND PARTYING YOU COULD SAVE MONEY TO DONATE
IF YOU WOULD STOP DRINKING AND PARTYING YOU COULD SAVE MONEY TO DONATE great ideas!
  • Score: 14

12:49am Tue 6 Aug 13

Chrome1 says...

Well done and good luck. Many people won't accept that Asian communities pull together in times of need. Christians were the same until they made the pound sign their God. If public money was used then so what. A cause which has spiritual as well as communal benefits is always worth the investment. Lambeth palace is also publicly funded and so is Westminster Abbey. We all pay our taxes. I personally don't want mine to be used on nuclear weapons, funding illegal wars, paying the corrupt elite which includes the royal family and filthy politicians.
Well done and good luck. Many people won't accept that Asian communities pull together in times of need. Christians were the same until they made the pound sign their God. If public money was used then so what. A cause which has spiritual as well as communal benefits is always worth the investment. Lambeth palace is also publicly funded and so is Westminster Abbey. We all pay our taxes. I personally don't want mine to be used on nuclear weapons, funding illegal wars, paying the corrupt elite which includes the royal family and filthy politicians. Chrome1
  • Score: 11

12:02pm Tue 6 Aug 13

Sirrius7 says...

Where did the "interest free loans" come from I wonder?
Where did the "interest free loans" come from I wonder? Sirrius7
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Tue 6 Aug 13

Oblivious2 says...

Cannot believe some commentators on this site as usual. Why bring churches into it?the simple fact is this- Christians just cannot be bothered to go to church anymore so demand is less and they'd rather drink/bet their money away than contribute to the church. Asian communities- Muslims/Hindus/Sikhs have a growing population who dig into their pockets to contribute towards facilities. Thus disused churches may be made into mosques and Islamic centres but at least they're not being empty rotting away waiting to be knocked down.
Cannot believe some commentators on this site as usual. Why bring churches into it?the simple fact is this- Christians just cannot be bothered to go to church anymore so demand is less and they'd rather drink/bet their money away than contribute to the church. Asian communities- Muslims/Hindus/Sikhs have a growing population who dig into their pockets to contribute towards facilities. Thus disused churches may be made into mosques and Islamic centres but at least they're not being empty rotting away waiting to be knocked down. Oblivious2
  • Score: 15

12:51am Wed 7 Aug 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

THERE IS NO EXISTENCE OF A GOD IN ANY RELIGION !!! AND I WAS BROUGHT UP A STRICT CATHOLIC AT PRIMARY SCHOOL, PRAYING WILL NOT GIVE YOU A BETTER LIFE NOW, OR BE ANY GOD WHEN YOU DIE.
PRAYING 3 OR 6 TIMES A DAY HAVE THEY NO JOBS TO GO TOO AT ANY OF THESE TEMPLES AND MOSQUES ? ANYWAY IF THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THEN SO BE IT BUT WHERE IS GOD WHEN PEOPLE ARE BEING MUGGED, ATTACKED, RAPED, ETC,ETC, GO ON I'M WAITING FOR THAT OLD CHESTNUT OF "O'H GOD DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY" OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES AS A PRIEST ONCE TOLD ME, AS I WAS SLOWLY LOSING MY FAITH.
THERE IS NO EXISTENCE OF A GOD IN ANY RELIGION !!! AND I WAS BROUGHT UP A STRICT CATHOLIC AT PRIMARY SCHOOL, PRAYING WILL NOT GIVE YOU A BETTER LIFE NOW, OR BE ANY GOD WHEN YOU DIE. PRAYING 3 OR 6 TIMES A DAY HAVE THEY NO JOBS TO GO TOO AT ANY OF THESE TEMPLES AND MOSQUES ? ANYWAY IF THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THEN SO BE IT BUT WHERE IS GOD WHEN PEOPLE ARE BEING MUGGED, ATTACKED, RAPED, ETC,ETC, GO ON I'M WAITING FOR THAT OLD CHESTNUT OF "O'H GOD DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY" OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES AS A PRIEST ONCE TOLD ME, AS I WAS SLOWLY LOSING MY FAITH. VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 0

1:06am Wed 7 Aug 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

I WAS GOING TO WRITE - LOSING MY RELIGION- BUT I KNEW THAT WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE SOME REM COMMENTS...LOL
I WAS GOING TO WRITE - LOSING MY RELIGION- BUT I KNEW THAT WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE SOME REM COMMENTS...LOL VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: -2

2:02am Wed 7 Aug 13

you all chat nonsense says...

great ideas! wrote:
IF YOU WOULD STOP DRINKING AND PARTYING YOU COULD SAVE MONEY TO DONATE
Why would anybody stop drinking and partying to donate THEIR money to the hindu chruch!! 1.God isn't real , 2. It's their money, 3. God isn't real... LIFE IS ONE CHEAP PARTY, YOLO
[quote][p][bold]great ideas![/bold] wrote: IF YOU WOULD STOP DRINKING AND PARTYING YOU COULD SAVE MONEY TO DONATE[/p][/quote]Why would anybody stop drinking and partying to donate THEIR money to the hindu chruch!! 1.God isn't real , 2. It's their money, 3. God isn't real... LIFE IS ONE CHEAP PARTY, YOLO you all chat nonsense
  • Score: 5

2:10am Wed 7 Aug 13

Chrome1 says...

Mr vic. Your life and all it contains is unique to you. Faith is believing when you have no solid proof but only signs and messages. Bad happens all the time, but it happens in the absence of good. Can you prove to me if air exists? You can't but you still believe it does. God does what he does. Our small intellect tries to pin down everything for an answer. We live our lives on the very basic tenets of faith's teachings; no killing, no cheating, no debauchery. Even our justice system is underpinned by religion. However if we choose to ignore the good and do not improve ourselves by rectifying the bad, we are then flawed human beings. God has given us millions of signs but if you turn your face away from them you cannot then still say he does not exist on the mere basis of a few bad things that happen.
Mr vic. Your life and all it contains is unique to you. Faith is believing when you have no solid proof but only signs and messages. Bad happens all the time, but it happens in the absence of good. Can you prove to me if air exists? You can't but you still believe it does. God does what he does. Our small intellect tries to pin down everything for an answer. We live our lives on the very basic tenets of faith's teachings; no killing, no cheating, no debauchery. Even our justice system is underpinned by religion. However if we choose to ignore the good and do not improve ourselves by rectifying the bad, we are then flawed human beings. God has given us millions of signs but if you turn your face away from them you cannot then still say he does not exist on the mere basis of a few bad things that happen. Chrome1
  • Score: 0

10:20am Wed 7 Aug 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

CHROME1
YES I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SAYING AND YOUR EXPLANATION IS A GOOD ONE, BUT SEEM TO HAVE LOST MY FAITH WHEN MY MUM AND DAD DIED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF EACH OTHER, AND OVER THE YEARS FOUR OF MY SISTERS HAVE DIED, ALSO IN LAWS, COUSINS AND FRIENDS.
IT JUST SEEMS TO HAVE DRAINED ME OF MY CATHOLIIC FAITH I REALIISE WE ALL HAVE TO DIE AT SOME POINT, AFTER ALL IT'S THE ONLY GUARANTEE IN LIFE BUT THAT'S HOW IT LEFT ME FEELING, SORRY TO GO OFF TOPIC HERE EVERYONE.
CHROME1 YES I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SAYING AND YOUR EXPLANATION IS A GOOD ONE, BUT SEEM TO HAVE LOST MY FAITH WHEN MY MUM AND DAD DIED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF EACH OTHER, AND OVER THE YEARS FOUR OF MY SISTERS HAVE DIED, ALSO IN LAWS, COUSINS AND FRIENDS. IT JUST SEEMS TO HAVE DRAINED ME OF MY CATHOLIIC FAITH I REALIISE WE ALL HAVE TO DIE AT SOME POINT, AFTER ALL IT'S THE ONLY GUARANTEE IN LIFE BUT THAT'S HOW IT LEFT ME FEELING, SORRY TO GO OFF TOPIC HERE EVERYONE. VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 6

11:05am Wed 7 Aug 13

you all chat nonsense says...

GOD ISN'T REAL, FREE CHARLES BRONSON!!!!
GOD ISN'T REAL, FREE CHARLES BRONSON!!!! you all chat nonsense
  • Score: -6

11:11am Wed 7 Aug 13

Chrome1 says...

Hi again Vic. Sorry to hear for your loss. It is desperately sad and I can certainly see your point of view. Humans have a way of coping in most cases and I hope you are coping regardless of faith or no-faith. Having family to support you is important. My father passed away a few years ago in his peak, and for a good year I felt cheated. But it then opened my eyes to the good that he left behind and made me appreciate my life and all the goodness that it contained.
I don't wish to pontificate about religion as it is not appropriate to do so at this time. In this short life we have it is vital we connect with other people and strive to do good at all times.
Hi again Vic. Sorry to hear for your loss. It is desperately sad and I can certainly see your point of view. Humans have a way of coping in most cases and I hope you are coping regardless of faith or no-faith. Having family to support you is important. My father passed away a few years ago in his peak, and for a good year I felt cheated. But it then opened my eyes to the good that he left behind and made me appreciate my life and all the goodness that it contained. I don't wish to pontificate about religion as it is not appropriate to do so at this time. In this short life we have it is vital we connect with other people and strive to do good at all times. Chrome1
  • Score: 7

12:47pm Wed 7 Aug 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

CHROME1
OK THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY/INPUT
CHROME1 OK THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY/INPUT VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 6

10:23pm Thu 8 Aug 13

Citizen Cane says...

Dear Chrome1

You nor I nor anyone can prove that there is a god, two gods, fifty gods or no god. So faith in no god is as valid as faith in god, whatever that means. In addition, you can't actually prove that you exist, so your faith may well be illusory.

Just a thought

Love

CC
Dear Chrome1 You nor I nor anyone can prove that there is a god, two gods, fifty gods or no god. So faith in no god is as valid as faith in god, whatever that means. In addition, you can't actually prove that you exist, so your faith may well be illusory. Just a thought Love CC Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

9:29am Fri 9 Aug 13

Open your eyes please says...

What a complete contradiction! Look at all the gold in their and they say they give it to schools and whatever pffff. I used to be Hindu and can say that money is going into a few pockets. And on Deane Road lol its like a slap in the face to the poorer population around their. Scam artists!!
What a complete contradiction! Look at all the gold in their and they say they give it to schools and whatever pffff. I used to be Hindu and can say that money is going into a few pockets. And on Deane Road lol its like a slap in the face to the poorer population around their. Scam artists!! Open your eyes please
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Fri 9 Aug 13

Citizen Cane says...

It is unfair to criticise religion per se as it often has distinct social and psychological benefits. However, it does offer an opportunity for the unscrupulous to justify questionable actions in the name of religion eg crusades, radical terrorism, inter-faith violence, enrichment of the priestly class and so-on.
It is unfair to criticise religion per se as it often has distinct social and psychological benefits. However, it does offer an opportunity for the unscrupulous to justify questionable actions in the name of religion eg crusades, radical terrorism, inter-faith violence, enrichment of the priestly class and so-on. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Fri 9 Aug 13

brinhambo says...

Donations and interest free loans from who or where, the leader is being vague and should be open and honest whether Bolton council has been involved ,if it has i would not be surprised ,, PLUS HOW CAN ANYONE PRAY 4 OR 5 TIMES A DAY IT MUST MEAN THEY ARE NOT WORKING ,IF THIS IS SO HOW CAN THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY BE DONATED
Donations and interest free loans from who or where, the leader is being vague and should be open and honest whether Bolton council has been involved ,if it has i would not be surprised ,, PLUS HOW CAN ANYONE PRAY 4 OR 5 TIMES A DAY IT MUST MEAN THEY ARE NOT WORKING ,IF THIS IS SO HOW CAN THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY BE DONATED brinhambo
  • Score: 2

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