First Hindu temple in North Kent opens
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 May 2018
A new temple has opened in Gravesend and saw some top line guests of honour.
It is being described as extremely important for the local Hindu community.
Those behind it said special local and national guests attended the special ceremony.
It was to celebrate the opening of the new Hindu Mandir, or Temple, in Manor Road.
This is a significant milestone for the Hindu community as it is their first place of worship in North Kent.
Guests included the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Harold Craske, Adam Holloway MP, former Cabinet Member Priti Patel MP, Cllr Gurjit Bains, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven, a representative from the Indian High Commission, radio and TV presenter Ravi Sharma and Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion Council.
They were joined by other community partners including Kent Police and the North Kent Interfaith Forum and more than 100 people from the local congregation.
Mr Sandher said it was vital for the Mandir to be created and opened with plenty of flair in order to get the word out it was now there to be enjoyed.
He told the Reporter: “It was very pleasing to see so many partners and special guests attending the grand opening of the new Mandir in Gravesend.
“It underlines how here in Gravesham we all work together as one for the betterment of the wider community.”
Vibha Kataria, one of the trustees of the Mandir, added that it has taken some time to get off the ground, and has been well worth the work and effort.
She said: “Work has been taking place over many years to get the Hindu Mandir open, with members of the congregation giving up their time freely to assist with the renovation.
“This is a dream come true for many Hindu families in Gravesend and we are very pleased about the opening of our temple.”
Previously, a school hall was being used for worship and special occasions in the town. The new temple was opened with the help of the local community.