Completion of $2 Million Hindu Facility Celebrated

June 10, 2007

Author: Natalie Hull

Source: Killeen Daily Herald

After more than seven years, construction of the Hindu Temple of Central Texas officially is finished, a cause for celebration this weekend with a dedication called a Kumbhabhishekam to mark the occasion.

The Kumbhabhishekam began early Friday morning with various ceremonies and will continue until this evening.

"(This) celebration is to install three new deities," said Dr. Y.V. Rao of Temple, one of the Temple's trustees, "and to open the rajagopuram, the entrance structure we built through our Indian shilpies (skilled artisans)."

The rajagopuram, much like a church spire or steeple, is made of concrete and was hand-carved portraying various deities from the Hindu religion. Beneath it, offering entrance into the temple, is a hand-carved door that also depicts various deities.

Saturday's inaugural events included a speech by the mayor of Temple, William Jones, and many of the members of the temple who offered thanks to those who helped build it.