A New Hindu Temple for Germany

March 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Spiegel Online


Mosques in Germany tend to get the headlines, but the country is becoming more religiously diverse in other ways too. A Tamil group in Hanover has built a new Hindu temple, which was purified by a fire ceremony on Sunday.

The largest Hindu temple in northern Germany opened in Hanover on Sunday with a fire ceremony that began before sunrise. A Hindu high priest from Canada performed the ritual blessings, and a calf loaned by a local farmer served as a holy presence.

"This Hindu temple will enrich Hanover's religious diversity," said Hanover's mayor, Ingrid Lange, on Sunday.

The Sri Muthumariamman Temple will serve the 300-member Tamil Hindu Cultural Association, founded in Hanover in 1994.