Search for Hindu Temple Goes Outside City

February 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire's Hindu community is widening its search for a temple after voicing fears it may not find a suitable home in Oxford.

Organisers of the project originally hoped to build a £2m temple around three-quarters of the size of Oxford Ice Rink in the city.

However, the lack of suitable land has led community leaders to consider establishing the temple within 10 miles of the city, with Abingdon and Witney being considered as alternatives.

Organisers have launched a campaign to raise the estimated £500,000 needed to buy or lease a disused church, barn or commercial property and convert it into a temple and community centre.

Currently Oxfordshire’s 5,000 Hindus have no place for communal prayer in the county and have to make long journeys to temples in Birmingham, London or Slough to celebrate their main festivals such as Diwali or Holi this Sunday.