New BAPS Hindu Temple to be constructed in Paris
BAPS Hindu Mandir
A new project under the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is underway in Paris, France with a foundation stone-laying ceremony set to take place this weekend.
BAPS, which is a renowned international socio-spiritual organisation affiliated to the UN and with major centres across the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Delhi, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi and Sydney, is conducting the ceremony at Esplanade des religions et des cultures in Bussy-Saint-Georges, which is known to be the multifaith and multicultural centre of Paris, between 3-4 September 2022.
The foundation has been decribed as an “architectural masterpiece” and will be France’s first-ever purpose-built mandir featuring intricate stone carvings and community facilities. It will also be a space to promote culture, harmony and integrity.
Envisioned by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS, the new temple will become a part of the several renowned architure marvels across the city and inform people about Hindu culture, wisdom, art and architure.
Mahant Swami Maharaj said this temple will, “will serve as a beacon of peace, spirituality, family values and community service” with an array of facilities which include exhibition halls, learning and sports areas, landscaped gardens, and a restaurant which will serve vegetarian food.
Sanjay Kara, project lead for the temple’s construction said, “Temples in India have sustained and nurtured noble values for millennia. We are honoured to continue that legacy here in the beautiful city of Paris and to fulfil this vision of intercultural respect, community service and global harmony.”
A special Vedic ceremony is set to take place before the construction of the building commences with several guests from various parts of the world expected to be in attendance. The ceremony will be followed by a cultural programme of dance, videos and presentations delivered both in French and Hindi.
Yann Dubosc, Mayor of Bussy-Saint-Georges, said, “There are projects that mark a life. This Mandir is one such project. In my time on earth as mayor, I will be able to tell my daughter that I have participated in the building of a remarkable place of worship! Prior to this, I did not know anything about Hinduism, but with you, I have discovered this light that enlightens humanity. There is nothing more essential in our time. May the Bussy Mandir help to enlighten humanity and reveal the best in each of us.”