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Hindu community visits new Cary temple

Posted May 27, 2009

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— The finishing touches are being made on the new Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina in Cary. It is dedicated to promoting the Hindu religion and humanitarian services across the Triangle.

The SV Temple is modeled after a famous temple in southern India.

“That temple is very powerful, and actually as powerful as the Vatican,” said Bhaskar Venepalli, with the SV Temple board of trustees. “People stand in lines for several hours to go into the temple. In that context, it is very unique.”

People tour new SV Temple People tour new SV Temple

The temple, 21 Balaji Place, Cary, is 11 years in the making, and is the only of its kind in the state.

“We started out with about 2 acres of land, and over time, we acquired what it is now 9.2 acres,” said Ram Nagulpally, with the SV Temple board of trustees. “After going through the permit process, raising the necessary funds to build the temple, we started the construction in about 2007.”

Using private funds and a builder who did it at cost, the temple took two years to construct. It should have cost $6 million to build, but was completed for $3.4 million.

“Everything was changed from the design. But I took it as a challenge, and I finished it in time,” builder Nand Gopal Sachdeva said.

Throughout Wednesday's public unveiling, thousands of people came to see the new facility.

“This is more than just a religious temple, although it's a quite impressive beautiful temple. It's a place of cultural diversity. It's a place of learning. It's a community center. It really does represent the change in North Carolina that we're all so grateful for,” Gov. Bev Perdue said.

Fourteen artisans were brought in from India to handcraft many of the decorative idols that adorn the temple. The week-long grand opening will wrap up Thursday morning.

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  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH May 28, 2009

    AS---I said exactly what I intended. The people I am speaking of are Hindu and from Pakinstan. All Pakistanis are not Muslim just as all Americans are not Christian. In fact, I discussed the Indian Hindus with my friends from Pakistan and they were the ones who brought up the possibility of the caste system playing a role in their feelings toward "outsiders".

  • AS May 28, 2009

    Would like to correc the information sent in here-- Pakistan has Muslims and they go to mosques and people of other religions are usually not allowed in a mosques-- depends where that mosque is. Yes, caste system is there in India, but it does not stop you from going to any religious place.

  • jahausa May 28, 2009

    This place looks FANTASTIC! Nice to see some variety in, of all places, Cary, land of the brick facade police. Too bad it's not in downtown Raleigh or Durham. Either way, looks landmark quality!

  • giamf May 28, 2009

    "It's time for all true Americans to stand up and demand our wimpy government to say enough is enough. This is AMERICA, not India, not Africa, not Asia."

    Quite possibly the least intelligent, most embarrassing comment this true American has ever read.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH May 28, 2009

    That is correct...I am questioning if the temple is truly open to all. I was not speaking personally. I ask because I don't know how this particular temple works. One set of Hindus I know (from Pakistan) are quite welcome but another set (from India) have that caste system mentality and who is superior over who and believe if you are not Hindu, you are not welcome in the temple.

  • mocena May 28, 2009

    YoucanthandletheTRUTH- In your first comment, you say that you don't think people are welcome at the temple. In your second comment, you say that you don't think people will feel welcome, but you aren't sure because of your ignorance of the religion. Why even say anything at all if you don't know?

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH May 28, 2009

    Mocena---again, you are reading into what I say not just reading it for what it says...I didn't say I would feel unwelcome! I have been to other temples and did not feel uncomfortable. Maybe you need some analyzation skills before you comment back to people! Everything doesn't have a hidden meaning; sometimes people say what they mean! I said: "If I went to the temple and felt unwelcome, it would be because of of the way I felt I was being treated, not my ignorance!"

    That does not translate to: "going to that temple would make you feel unwelcome, even though you have not GONE to the temple at all."

    I never said going there would make me feel that way! I was responding to another comment about how unwelcomeness=ignorance...

    Yet again you show your ignorance by not reading and comprehending a thread...but thanks for giving me someone to talk about for their ignorance in basic comprehension.

  • FaceDown-AKA_Maggie May 28, 2009

    Well, I for one, am excited about the Temple. I am not Hindu, but I am very interested in learning about all religions. I find that the level of comfort at most services that are not what you are used to, is for the most part personal. I"m glad that Cary will provide a "worship home" for Hindus that a lot of people already enjoy.

  • AS May 28, 2009

    A TRUE AMERICAN EMBRACES DIVERSITY, LOVES HUMANKIND AND LOVES PEACE. It is hurtful to read that in today's time when tolerance is highly required there are people who are saying they should stand up against a community who wants a place of worship of their own. We are not in Afghanistan or Pakistan where only some people have freedom.

  • mocena May 28, 2009

    "It's time for all true Americans to stand up and demand our wimpy government to say enough is enough. This is AMERICA, not India, not Africa, not Asia."
    What are you talking about? If a community of AMERICANS want to build a church, are you saying they shouldn't be allowed to?

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