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Putrajaya to have first Hindu temple

Posted on Jan 22, 01:57PM | IBNS

Putrajaya, the seat of Malaysia government, will have its first Hindu temple in the near future. Reports suggest that the required approval has been granted and after groundbreaking ceremonies in March, construction of the about 17,000 square feet two-storey structure of this about RM 12 million Sri Lalithambikai Alayam Temple on a one-acre plot will start in September. Hoped to be completed in 2015, this unique one-of-a-kind first Lalithambikai temple in the country, inspired by the elements of South and North India temples, will serve about 10,000 area Hindus.

Project leaders plan to include 10-20 special pillars in the complex which will ring when tapped, reports add.

Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Tuesday, applauded efforts of temple project leaders and area community to realize this Hindu temple and thanked the Malaysian authorities for the required approval so that Hindu devotees could have a place for worship.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to provide government funding to this temple complex, thus adding to the diverse cultural heritage of Putrajaya.

Malaysian Hindus should also come forward with donations for the building, Zed added.

Beside the sanctuary, the temple also reportedly plans to include multipurpose hall and a learning/research center for educating the public about Hinduism.

Putrajaya Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam Devotees' Association, with Datuk R. Kanagaraja Raman as President, is behind this proposed temple.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents.

Putrajaya, whose tagline is "The Garden City", is a planned city located south of Kuala Lumpur which serves as Malaysia's federal administrative center.