Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

    Premier attends historic temple consecration

    1/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Premier Alan Carpenter has witnessed the consecration of one of Australia’s most unique and exquisite religious buildings - the Hindu Temple in Canning Vale.


    The historic consecration follows the completion of the temple’s Royal Tower or ‘Rajagopuram’, which brings to fruition more than 15 years’ work by Perth’s Hindu community.


    The Royal Tower is a significant new architectural feature of the Hindu Temple, which is the spiritual home for many of Western Australia’s 8,000-strong Hindu community made up of people from India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.


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


    “This temple is a truly impressive testament to the hard work, devotion and faith of WA’s Hindu community,” he said.


    “The work of the WA Hindu Association will help raise the understanding in WA of Hindu culture, customs and traditions.”


    Mr Carpenter said the State Government was proud to have provided about $600,000 in funding towards the temple, which is located within a five-acre Hindu cultural precinct.


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


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


    “The State’s highly qualified and diversely skilled Hindus are very proud of the contribution they have made to WA economically, spiritually and culturally.”


    Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion after Christianity and Islam, with about 850 million followers worldwide.  In WA, the number of those affiliated with Hinduism increased by more than 3,000 people (64 per cent) between 2001 and 2006.


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