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Australian province contributes $600,000 for Hindu temple

Melbourne: A provincial government in Australia has contributed $600,000 for the construction of a Royal Tower in a new Hindu temple in Perth.

Western Australia (WA) Premier Alan Carpenter donned traditional Hindu garb at the consecration of the temple in Canning Vale on Sunday.

The province is home to 8000-strong Hindu community from India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

The Premier said the temple’s architecture reflected the richness and vibrancy of the province’s multicultural society.

“This temple is a truly impressive testament to the hard work, devotion and faith of WA’s Hindu community,” he was quoted as saying by local media.

Significant moment

WA Hindu Association president Mukesh Mani said the temple’s consecration was a significant moment in the Hindu community’s 23-year history in the province.

“Apart from being a place of worship, the temple and the cultural centre will free for community programs, including a voluntary migrant assistance service, cultural and language classes and two radio programs in Hindi and Tamil.” — PTI

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