Gravesham Hindus Hoping to Build Temple

June 27, 2006

Source: This is Local London

On June 27, 2006 This is Local London reported, "Gravesham's skyline is dotted with the spires or domes of places of worship, marking the number of different religions in the borough. The Sikh community is building a new £8m temple, Muslims paid for their own cultural centre and mosque and churches are spread throughout the borough. But until a year ago, Hindus did not have anywhere to worship. For years families met in each other's houses. The Gravesham Hindu Association was set up in 2000 after being awarded nearly £3,000 in a lottery grant. Last year, the association began renting space in Miskin Hall, Hever Court Road, Gravesend, and began regular services. A separate branch of the Gravesham Hindu Association, the Hindu Samiti, was created to organise and run the weekly worship. Now 10 families meet each Sunday morning for prayer and holy book readings... But Hindus are keen to create a permanent place of worship like all the other major religions in the town. Hindu Samiti founder member Daya Sharma says it is important to give the Hindu community a 'face'. She added other faith groups are always welcome and encouraged to visit services on a Sunday to find out more about the religion and its practices."