Indianapolis Hindu Temple Goes Through $10 Million Expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A Hindu temple in Indianapolis is in the midst of a $10 million expansion.

The Indianapolis Star reports the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana opened in 2006, giving a local home to worshippers who once went to temples in Chicago, Dayton, Ohio; or Louisville, Kentucky. But the Indianapolis temple has used a temporary space that doesn't resemble the elaborate temples found in India.

The expansion, set to be unveiled in June, includes construction of a worship hall with 17 shrines. It also adds four carved towers that make the facility more closely resemble a temple.

Temple board vice chair Arun Jain says the expansion is a sign of putting down permanent roots in Indiana. Other Hindu temples in Indiana include ones in Avon, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Merrillville.

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  Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com