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BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, December 15, 2000: Bergen County in North Jersey has become the home to the third-highest number of Indian Asians in the U.S.A. In order to keep their religion and culture thriving, the Hindu Samaj has purchased 5 wooded acres where the congregation of about 200 families plans to build a 26,000-square foot temple and community center. An old Victorian House is in the process of being renovated to house a priest for the temple. Upon completion in January, 2001, a priest will be hired to host prayer groups in the house until the temple is completed. Construction will begin after the group has raised at least $1 million. The new temple will cost in the vicinity of $3 million. Other religions have places of worship nearby and the mayor of Bergen Country said the temple has no strong opposition.