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Preston Hindu temple to reopen with two day celebration including major parade

Posted on - 26th October, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre
The new look temple in Gerrard Street

The new look temple in Gerrard Street

A Hindu temple is to reopen six years after it was badly damaged in a storm.

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The Preston Mandir Mahotsav being brought back into use is to be celebrated all weekend by Preston’s Hindu community.

Repairs costing an estimated £1 million have been possible through fundraising to allow worshippers back into the building in Gerrard Street, off Bow Lane.

A procession on Saturday 7 November marks the start of two days of feasting and the temple being officially reconsecrated.

BBC Radio Lancashire DJ Neetal Parekh is one of those organising the event.

She said: “We’re so excited to have the temple back open for the community.

“It’s going to be a real celebration of our faith and traditions, but it is open to all to enjoy.”

Inside the building work at the temple

Inside the building work at the temple

Events across the city have been organised as part of the celebrations.

It begins with a parade from the Flag Market on Saturday 7 November through the city to the temple.

From 6pm to 8pm at Harrington Building further events take place before a major party in the evening from 8pm onwards in 53 Degrees.

On Sunday 8 November the temple will be officially reconsecrated with dignatries from Preston City Council, UCLan and Lancashire Police attending the event.

The temple is run by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which has more than a million members across the world.

Neetal explained: “The BAPS organisation harnesses the efforts and collective spirit of volunteers around the world to serve individuals, families and communities in five key areas: community empowerment, educational Services, environmental protection and preservation, health and wellness, and humanitarian relief.

“Taken together, these initiatives empower individuals to volunteer their time and resources to create a better community, nation and world.”

A social media campaign to promote the weekend of events is underway, with those receiving invitations asked to tweet their #PMM2015 selfie.

Will you be attending the event? Will you go and watch the parade? Let us know in the comments below

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