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Landmark Shiva temple coming to US

A Lord Shiva temple will be built on 9.5 acres of land in the commercial centre of Georgia.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 17:30 IST

A landmark Lord Shiva temple would come up shortly at Nor Cross Bruke Hallow Parkway in Georgia, a commercial hub of the United States.

A sprawling 9.5 acres of land at a cost of Rs 37 crore has been acquired for the Rs 100 crore temple, the idols for which were being readied at nearby Thirumuruganpoondi.

With the construction of the temple, expected to be ready within a year, Georgia, home for nearly 40,000-strong Indian population, would become a major tourist attraction, besides a religious centre, Sri Selvam Siddar, the man behind the mega project, today told reporters through videoconference from California.

Claiming that the temple, to be built by 'The Hindu Temple of Georgia Trust', would be the World's first Shiva temple with 108 idols, Siddar said that all the statues, being sculpted at Swamimalai, Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu would be shipped to the US by the end of this month.

The 'Moola Vigraha,' (main idol) is being sculpted at Navabharathi Sirpa Kalaikoodam, Thirumuruganpoondi, about 50 kms from here, under the chief sculptor, Sambandam, he said.

About 1,600 feet of the 4,000-feet fencing work for the project has been completed, he said, adding that two gates and an arch were ready for shipment from here.

Stating that the temple has received clearance from the Georgian authorities, Siddar said clearance for all the idols and statues would be obtained from Indian Archeological department, Council of Handicrafts and Customs.