BUECHEL, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, September 2, 2013 (The Courier Journal)The exterior of the building that formerly housed Buechel Presbyterian Church looks like just that -- a former church with a typical church steeple and message board out front. But on the inside, the building is anything but an old church. It's now Shree Swaminarayan Temple -- one of just eight Swaminarayan Gadi Hindu temples in North America.
A group of local Hindus raised $425,000 to buy the former church in March and have transformed it into a regional worship space that regularly draws Hindu visitors from Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and other nearby states. The temple is the newest Swaminarayan Gadi worship space in North America, joining temples in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware and Ontario.
Buechel Presbyterian Church had occupied the building since 1948 but sold it in 2007 to the Flynn Group, a commercial real estate and development company, "It's a huge step forward in inter faith relations," Hockenberry said of the former church becoming a Hindu temple.
Shree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, who was in the United States for only 17 days this year, presided over the ceremony, which lasted more than three hours.