Hindu temple for Shropshire
Hindus living in Shropshire are fundraising to build a temple. It'll be the first Hindu temple in the county, and members of the Hindu community say it'll be open to everyone.
Shropshire does not have a Hindu temple, so Hindus in the county either worship at home, travel to the nearest temple in Wolverhampton, or meet once a month at a community centre in Telford.
Now the county's Hindus are hoping to build their own temple and community centre.
Ritu Rastogi, a Shropshire Hindu, said it will be called the Hindu Cultural Resource Centre of Telford: "This will be open for everyone, everyone who can come and join us."
According to Ms Rastogi they've raised more than £18,000 and have a number of pledges for furniture, fittings and decorating.
She says they've found a building in Dawley which they want to convert, and are negotiating with Telford and Wrekin Council over buying it.
Castle Farm Community Centre in Hadley
Ritu Rastogi joins other Shropshire Hindus on the first Sunday of every month at Castle Farm Community Centre in Hadley.
They gather from 2-4pm for prayers, to share food, and socialise.
Malinee Dhulasha, another member of the group, said it's a way to get to know one another.
"Even though we're Hindus, we've got the Gujaratis, the Punjabis, the South Indians... so we're really enjoying everyone coming together."
When the group has its own dedicated building, they intend to make the interior look like an Indian Hindu temple with gold decorations and images of deities painted on the walls.
The centre will also include a community hall where yoga classes will be held, and Hindu children will learn about their religion. The group behind the project say they also want the centre to be open to the wider community.
last updated: 19/02/2009 at 16:58