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January 08, 2019 10:48
Church in Virginia to Turn into Hindu Temple Soon

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India's Ahmedabad-based Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has bought a 30-year-old church in Portsmouth of Virginia and is making plans to convert it into a Swaminarayan temple, according to a report in Times of India.

The Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has till now converted eight churches across the world into Hindu temples, out of which five in the United States itself, according to reports.

The temple trust has converted churches in California, Louisville, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Ohio in the U.S. Two churches, one in London and another near Bolton in Manchester, United Kingdom have also been converted into Hindu temples.

The Portsmouth church will be the sixth church in the United States to be converted into a Hindu temple by Swaminarayan Sansthan. It is reported that the Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has also acquired a 125-year-old property in Toronto, Canada to build another temple.

Bhagwatpriyadas Swami, mahant of the Sansthan said, "It is under the guidance of our spiritual head Purshottampriyadas Swami that the 30-year-old church was acquired to be refurbished into a Swaminarayan temple. Not many changes would be mandated in the church at Portsmouth, as it was already a spiritual place of another faith. This would be the first temple for Haribhakts in Virginia."

The state of Virginia has a population of more than 10,000 Gujaratis and this may offer so many Hindus an opportunity to practice their faith in the United States.

The soon to be 'converted' Christian church is spread over five acres with the building is 18,000 square feet and can accommodate 150 four-wheelers. The church was bought at an approximation cost of $ 1.6 million (Rs 11.22 crores).

-Sowmya Sangam

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