Temple for Orient Heights a step closer

2013-05-16 00:00

TEN years of planning has finally come to fruition for the PMB Hindu Sanathan Sevak Mundal.

It has acquired land in Capricorn Crescent in Orient Heights to build a new temple for the community.

The congregation will be having a day prayer and ritual to bless the land on Saturday.

Mahesh Sewcharan, the president of the organisation, is excited and thankful that the land has finally been acquired.

He has been involved in the planning and execution of the project since its inception.

Sewcharan said: “We applied for the land 10 years back. Since then we have been planning and raising money to buy the land. We have had lots of donations and hosted several fundraisers such as artist awards and shows, and hosted Diwali functions in Greytown Road, Raisethorpe High School and Protea grounds. We even hosted the amazing Anup Jalota.”

Jalota is an international musician who performs religious music known as Bhajan Raath.

The land was approved by the city council as a religious site and was therefore bought at a special rate.

“We chose this location as it is easier for members of the community in the surrounding PMB areas to get there,” said Sewcharan.

“We want it to be a place of worship for these community members.

We have submitted the building plans to the city council. Hopefully the city council will approve the plans and we can get started on building the temple.”

Sewcharan said the plans may take four months to be approved.

The function on Saturday is open to the public and will be an all-day affair.

It begins at four in the morning for the opening prayers and will continue throughout the day. All the rituals will be performed by Shanile Maharaj.

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