The Hindu community of Coventry has celebrated the opening of a new temple. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir opened in Stoke, on Saturday 29th June.
Spiritual leaders came together to celebrate the new religious building, which will also act as a community hub.
As well as providing a place of worship for the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha sect, it will also offer activities for children, healthcare and will host charitable events.
Classes already running at the centre include arts and music, Sunday school, and social groups for all ages.
Amongst the guests at the opening was Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director for Coventry City of Culture of Trust.
She said: "I really enjoyed the new mandir. It's a place the whole community can come together, but also a place that's inclusive for others. Everyone is welcome."
Deputy Lord Mayor Ann Lucas added: "[Today] is proof that we might be different, but the views held here are the same views held by Muslims, Christians, and all religions. We're going to show the rest of the world how people in Coventry live in peace together."