Sunday, July 22, 2007

$40M Hindu Temple Opens In Toronto

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$40M Hindu Temple Opens In Toronto

It's already a source of tremendous pride for Canada's Hindu community. After more than a year's worth of construction, Prime Minister Stephen Harper helped open a $40 million holy temple Saturday, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto.

In his speech, Harper praised India's efforts to alleviate tensions and reconcile interests within it's diverse population through democratic institutions.  "Where far too many other countries have failed, India is succeeding," he said.

He added that the opening of the holy temple marks another step in Canada's quest to accommodate diversity, and that it stands as a testament to both Canada and India's traditions of pluralism.

Located in north-west Toronto, the temple made of Turkish limestone and Italian marble is being called an architectural masterpiece.

It's 2,000 builders were required to follow ancient Hindu rules governing how a holy shrine is to be built.

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