UNITED KINGDOM, August 5, 2013 (The Bolton News): A Hindu temple in Bolton is putting the finishing touches to a US$3.8 million redevelopment ahead of its grand reopening later this month.
Deane Road's Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Temple has expanded its main hall and prayer room, as well as adding a car park, store rooms and activity facilities. Work began at the temple -- which took over a unitarian church building in 1998 -- last September.
A number of dignitaries, including MPs David Crausby and Yasmin Qureshi, will be at the reopening on August 12. Ganshyam Patel, chairman of the temple, said: "We're calling it a reopening but we've never been completely shut. We've had to move things around the building work at various points but it's more a way of celebrating our new facilities."
Mr Patel said: "More and more people were coming, so we needed to expand to put more activities on for people. "Between 500 and 600 people are involved with the temple and about 150 will be here every weekend.
The temple's spiritual leader, 71-year-old His Holiness Shree Purshottampryadasjee Swamishree, from Ahmedabad, India, will attend the ceremony, having also travelled to Bolton in June to bless its main shrine after it moved position.