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The priests also participated in a collective consecration ceremony which is supposed to imbue the statues and bring them to life so that they could see the devotees worshipping them.

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Charleston (West Ashley), May 7, 2017: West Ashley is a distinct town in Charleston, South Carolina in North America. This city has a Hindu temple where the devotees come to meet their Gods from distant places, across the world.

What is fascinating that, few priests came from different parts of the world to be a witness of the rededication of the recently renovated building of the Hindu Temple and were received by hundreds of devotees.

After the renovation, 14 “murtis” were established at the temple in presence of the devotees. The priests also participated in a collective consecration ceremony which is supposed to imbue the statues and bring them to life so that they could see the devotees worshipping them.

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The room was filled with colors. Apples and bananas and grapes and coconuts covered with turmeric powder, pineapples and lemons and oranges, lentils and an abundance of flowers were offered to the gods.

The priests chanted Sanskrit mantras at the “yajna vedi” while several devotees seated themselves at the carpets. The majority of devotees consisted of Hindus, however, there were a few non-Hindu devotees too, mentioned postandcourier.com report.

People sang songs to show their affection towards the deities and women clad in fine saris played on drums. The environment was filled with tranquility and solace.

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Peeyush Dwivedi, a lead organizer of the event said to postandcourier.com, ”Devotees each have their favorite, and it’s very likely that here, in West Ashley, they will find the god considered a protector or a teacher, he said, and such a comprehensive ceremony is rare. Though temples are purified every 12 years, such consecrations are uncommon — and rarer still when multiple murtis are involved.”

The Indian community is on a rise in Charleston. Hindus are finding their place in almost all the walks of the life. The largest Indian community in Carolina is found in Columbus with a population of about 6000.

The Hindu temple here is about 25 years old. The “sthapana diwas” was visited by over 100s of devotees. The statues were made in Jaipur. The temple serves as a meeting place for the Hindu and Sikh community in the area with many devotees taking up to music and yoga classes. “It’s like the Woodstock of Hinduism,” Dwivedi joked.

The temple allows the Hindu community there to maintain their religious and cultural identity and to share the beauty of this religion with others.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai

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will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons

On his next visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his West Asia tour starting 9 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating first-ever Hindu temple to be constructed in Abu Dhabi as reported by Economic Times.

During Modi’s visit to the oil-rich nation in 2015, around 20,000 square metres of land was allotted for the construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba.

According to the records, UAE is home to as many as 2.6 million Indians, who form around 30 percent of the total population of the country. As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai.

Prime Minister Modi visit to UAE will kick start on 10 February. After landing in Abu Dhabi, he will be travelling to Dubai the next day. On a three-day event in Dubai to which India has been invited as the guest country, Modi will be addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai Opera on 11 February sixth World Government Summit.

After the Prime Minister’s visit in 2015, India’s relations with the UAE have seen some remarkable advancements. On India’s 68th Republic Day celebration, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyanthe was honoured as the chief guest. Just after that visit of Zayed Al Nahyanthe, UAE initiated a USD 75 billion sovereign funds for India.
Interestingly, UAE remains to be India’s number one trading partner and the current annual trade between the two countries stands at around USD 53 billion.

Following UAE’s visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting two other countries in West Asia – Palestine and Oman. The visit to Palestine will be first Indian Prime Minister to the country in seven decades. Last year, Modi had visited Israel, the arch-rival of Palestine and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a six-day visit to India between 14-19 January.