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Lilburn in US likely to make Hindu Temple centre of Commercial District

The temple was opened in 2007 and since then the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has drawn 1.8 million visitors

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Lilburn, Georgia, August 26, 2016: Officials in Lilburn, hope to restructure the commercial area surrounding a Hindu temple, as it has become one of Gwinnett County’s top tourist destinations in Georgia, US.

The temple was opened in 2007 and since then the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has drawn 1.8 million visitors. Located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Rockbridge Road, the members of Lilburn Community Improvement District is looking for a plan to benefit from the mandir’s presence. Few ideas they have zeroed in- by improving the area’s pedestrian access, curb appeal as well as retail offerings, to increase visitors or tourists.

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 Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Logo. Image source: Twitter
Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Logo. Image source: Twitter

The footfall at the temple has been ever growing, so much so that this place of worship has turned into one the top tourist destination in the county owing to the serene beauty, calm and marvellous architecture of the temple; which has prompted the officials to revitalize the area around the temple to capitalize on the tremendous popularity of the temple amongst people from all ethnicities and backgrounds, of which Asian Indians are the most frequent visitors.

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Map of Lilburn, Georgia. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Map of Lilburn, Georgia. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Festivals like Diwali, Hindu New Year etc are celebrated with great fervour in the temple by the 8% Asian Indians living in the small county that consists of 12,162 citizens.

“We see it as a place of worship; it also contributes artistically, spiritually, culturally to the Gwinnett landscape,” said Jigar Patel, the spokesperson.

The county officials intent to completely rejuvenate the area surrounding the temple to provide facilities to the devotees and visitors, as well as improve the county’s economic condition.

“We see the mandir as one of the main focal points in Gwinnett County” remarked Emory Morsberger, executive director of the community’s improvement district, “It’s a draw for high-income ,well-educated people.”

The projects lined up mainly focus on the beautification of the area surrounding the temple, as well as improving the housing stock of the locality. Suitable retail shops and improvement of the pedestrian are some other tasks with are high on the list.

This step was welcomed by the entire Asian Indian community. “we have great expectations” said Jigar patel “we think the community will benefit from it.”

– by Usman Zafar of NewsGram. Twitter: @HalkiSiChuban

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The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The principal deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu. Wikimedia Commons

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the fascinating temples in Kerala. In terms of its architecture, the story of its installation and prolonged historical significance, the temple is a top tourist place. It has found the reference in many historical books, including the Vedas which count it as special. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in India and even across the world.

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4. The Temple has a dress code of dhoti or mundu for men and saree for women.

The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons

5. The temple has Z security mark, it is the most secure temple with foolproof plans.

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6. The temple has three and a half feet gold statue of Mahavishnu in the chamber which weights 30 kg.

7. The temple is mentioned in Brahman Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana and Varaha Purana as a shrine.

8. The temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which is sketched with 12,000 fossilized shells of Gandaki River.