Rituals Lead to Temple Opening

April 21, 2008

Author: Michael Black

Source: Telegraph & Argus


A £3million Hindu temple visited by the Queen will be inaugurated with a ceremony to install its deities.

The four-day festival will culminate with the official opening of the Shree Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple in Leeds Road, Bradford, on Sunday, when 2,000 visitors are expected.

The Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford has been performing Murti Sthapana rituals at the temple.

The Murti Sthapana can be described as an agreement between a deity and a temple congregation.

The deity agrees to "descend" into the sacred image, and the congregation agrees to serve the deity.

It is usually an elaborate ceremony lasting several days.