Germany’s largest Hindu temple to open in Berlin for Diwali 2023 after 20-year journey

image.pngAfter a two-decade wait, the largest Hindu Temple in Germany is set to become operational in time for Diwali 2023. The Sri-Ganesha Hindu Temple is scheduled to open its doors in Berlin in November 2023. 

In an interview with DW News, Vilwanathan Krishnamurthy shared his remarkable journey of overseeing the construction of the country’s largest Hindu temple, which will soon be welcoming devotees. 

While the physical structure of the temple is complete, it currently awaits the installation of its deities. Krishnamurthy has planned an extensive six-day opening celebration in November, stating, “We’re waiting for the gods.” 

Approximately two decades ago, Krishnamurthy began his volunteer work to build a Hindu temple. Now, with construction almost finished, the 70-year-old is optimistic about inaugurating the temple as part of a grand six-day celebration. 

The construction of this temple has contributed to Germany’s increasing religious diversity. Having moved to Berlin with his wife nearly 50 years ago, Krishnamurthy, who initially earned a meager wage working for an electrical company, later founded an association dedicated to building a Hindu temple. 

“This temple is a dream for me. As a Hindu, I can celebrate everything at home, but celebrating alongside others, with friends, and enjoying the festivities together requires a dedicated space,” Krishnamurthy explained to DW News. 

The temple project commenced in 2004, and by the end of 2023, it will be open to the public, just in time for Diwali. Constructing it over 20 years, especially in Berlin, was a lengthy process, primarily due to insufficient funds. 

The temple’s construction was funded through donations raised by the association. Krishnamurthy emphasized, “We have carried this through with our own donations. There was no support from the Berlin Senate, district authority, or federal government. I can also understand that.” 

He also mentioned that a significant portion of the donations came from the Indian diaspora in Germany. According to the Indian Embassy in Berlin, nearly 20,000 Indians reside in the German capital. 

Now, the temple eagerly awaits the arrival of its deities. Skilled Indian craftsmen are crafting 27 idols in accordance with 5,000-year-old specifications, which will be delivered to the temple in the coming months. 

Image courtesy of thesatimes

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