A fundraising event over three days was hosted by the Nepalese community to seek support from the public, especially Hindus and Nepalese all over UK, to raise £95,000 for the purchase of a building for the upcoming Hindu temple in Aldershot
A total of £50,000was generated over 3 days, where more than 1000 devotees and volunteers came forward to participate in a programme organised for spiritual speaker Pandit Shri Deen Bandhu Pokherel. After the event, a large number of participants expressed their willingness to support the project. However the Mandir committee still needs £45,000 to buy the building, though some local and committee members have already given assurance to assist in raising the required amount. The plan is to obtain the keys of Old Fellows Hall at Queens Street, Aldershot in the first week of February.
On the first day of the three day event, the Nepalese ambassador Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi and Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor Steve Masterson had jointly inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp. On the occasion, Ambassador Subedi and Chairman of the Mandir Mr Gurung extended theirheartfelt thanks to all those making remarkable contributions to help buya building for the community.
Leader of the Rushmoor Borough Council, David Clifford and Councillor Alex Crawford also attended the events and donated money to the Mandir project.
CB Patel, Publisher/Editor of Asian Voice also attendedthe gathering onday two, gave aspeech highlighting the importance of having a Shiva Mandir in Aldershot, emphasisingon the excellent relationship between Nepal and India.
Major (Retired) Surya Upadhya, who is aleaderof this project, said, “This will be the firsteverPasupati Mandir in Rushmoor, andthe murti (idol)would be crafted and brought from Nepal in accordance with the tenets of Sanatan Dharma. A replica of the Pasupati Mandir in Nepal, we would like the whole Nepalese community especiallyHindus in the UK to take part in this historic project.”
If you want to pledge money forthis project or want more information, please write to [email protected]