New Hindu Temple in Michigan

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, September 5, 2010 (by Darrell Clem): Esteemed spiritual leaders from as far away as India joined thousands of metro Detroiters in song, prayer and upbeat ceremonies that ended Sunday as the new Hindu Temple of Canton formally opened amid a three-day celebration of what many lauded as one of the nation’s premier Hindu places of worship.

Temple chairman Manoj Sachdeva estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 people passed through the doors over the weekend. A huge crowd packed a vast prayer hall Sunday for what he hailed as “a history-making event” inside the $8.3-million, 37,517-square-foot building.

Outside, priests and temple officials gathered atop the temple’s roof and blessed the building by sprinkling holy water, some of it brought from India’s revered Ganges River.


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