NH Community Supports Hindu Temple Destroyed by Fire

February 1, 2004

Source: The Hampton Union


On February 1, 2004 The Hampton Union reported that "the aftermath of a New Year’s Eve fire that gutted the Saraswati Mandiram Hindu Temple on Ladd’s Lane has Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, the church’s leader, feeling both devastated by the loss and uplifted by the outpouring of community support - a support he did not realize was there until he and his congregation were struck by this tragedy. The two-alarm fire, apparently sparked by an electrical malfunction, turned to ashes everything in its path that night. While no one was injured, nothing, including ancient religious icons and artifacts, was spared from the blaze... Ramsamooj has received donations and other assistance from the Epping Neighborhood Crime Watch, Epping residents, and Saint Peter’s Church in Epping. What’s more, members of his own congregation have pledged money for the reconstruction, and the First Unitarian Society of Exeter has been taking up a collection for the temple during its Sunday services."