Sunday, December 03, 2000

Ky. Hindus break ground for temple

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Members of the Central and Eastern Kentucky Hindu communities broke ground Saturday for a new temple and cultural center, despite being $200,000 short of a fund-raising goal.

        Planners remain confident that once construction begins on the Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center, they will come closer to their $500,000 goal.

        “Once you start building, more people will want to give,” said Natu Patel, treasurer and public relations director of the center's planning committee. “People will know we're serious about this project.”

        The temple will be built on 10.65 acres just east of Lexington that was purchased by a 20-member planning committee for $100,000.

        Planners said design and survey contracts have been awarded and detailed plans should be ready in January. Construction should begin in the spring.

        Organizers said the temple will provide a place for social events, a forum where children can learn Indian religion and an assembly hall.


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