PARIS FRANCE, April 5, 2013 (Press Release): Vaithilingam Sanderasekaram, founder of the Sri Manicka Vinayaka Temple in Paris, passed away on April 1, 2013. He was 68 years old. Sandera (Chandra), as he was commonly known, was born in Sri Lanka in 1946. He arrived in France in 1975. In 1985, he founded a small Ganesha Temple in the "Little India" La Chapelle neighborhood. He moved the temple to larger quarters at 17 rue Pujol in 2010. In 1996 he started an annual Chariot festival which carried Ganesha through the streets of Paris surrounding the temple. At the time of his death he was making preparations for the 18th event. Because of this festival the Sri Manicka Vinayaka Temple, and the presence of Hinduism in Paris, was well known to the general public.