Temple plan gets support

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 24/06/2014
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Ashwani Kumar says its high time the Indian community got a temple and a committee has formed to make it happen.

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New Plymouth's Indian community is moving forward with its plans for a temple.

About 30 community members attended a meeting on Sunday to discuss how to move towards establishing a place of prayer for the diverse community that encompassed a range of religious and ethnic groups.

Last week Ashwani Kumar told the Taranaki Daily News' it was high time the community, which has more than 100 "registered" families, had a place for prayer.

On the Taranaki Daily News ' Facebook page, many readers' comments were encouraging of the idea.

Juliette Xavier-Hendry wrote "that's not a bad idea, they have an Islamic centre in Hawera already, and it's not like only Middle Eastern and Indian people that are Hindu. Bring on the diversity."

Pip Phil Mattock wrote "all ethnicity should be respected, I work with a wide range of races and they all have very strong beliefs. Wish them well for their temple. New Plymouth is a beautiful place to live."

At yesterday's meeting attendees decided the best way to move forward would be to form a committee that would focus on making a temple happen.

The temple would be a place where anyone could pray, and there would be areas for both Sikh and Hindu community members.

It was likely a house would be rented for that purpose, like the Islamic community had done with its mosque on Cracroft St.

India is a melting pot of religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism - a religion that dictates non-violence towards all living beings and equality between all forms of life.

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