Source: Hinduism Today
On July 8, 2006 Hinduism Today reported, "Europe's largest Hindu temple, near Birmingham, is set to open in August with great fanfare and elaborate rituals performed by priests especially brought from India. The US$12 million temple, funded in part by a grant from the Millennium Fund, stands on 12.5 acres of former waste land. In 1992, the then Black Country Development Corporation made the site available for this unique project. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event which will begin on August 23, 2006, and will culminate with the sanctification of the majestic temple built in the same style as the famous Tirupati temple in India. The Tirupati temple is one of the most revered temples in India... The opening of the temple in Tividale, near Birmingham, will be a most remarkable religious event for 600,000 British people who belong to the Hindu faith. It will involve the installation of the six-foot-tall Deity of Lord Venkateshwara (Lord Rama); a dozen Hindu priests will perform ancient Vedic rituals to purify and sanctify the land and the buildings."