The Murti Sthapana Mahotsav (Idol consecration ceremony) was held at Swindon Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre with three days of festivities over the weekend.
Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre, in Darby Close, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, is one of the fastest growing charity organisations in South-West England and a Registered Charity with over 2,000 members.
The centre has now become a social, cultural & community Hub accessible to all community groups with an interest in music, dance, arts, culture, cuisine, literature, health & well-being and has improved the lives of over 10,000 people in the region through its various activities.
The ceremony was a “once in a lifetime” event for any Hindu Temple and a rare opportunity for everyone to participate in the ceremony of instilling the Divine Spirit into an Idol that gets transformed into a Deity.
Mrs Rajashree Birla, one of India's leading industrialists and philanthropists also attended as the temple's Chief Guest on the Saturday.
There was a religious ceremony by the priests, followed by lunch and a Cultural programme.