New Hindu temple under construction in Abbotsford

The only one in the Lower Mainland besides Surrey.

A new Hindu temple is under construction on Walmsley Avenue and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Construction is underway on a new $2-million building that will house Abbotsford’s only Hindu temple.

The project began in mid-October adjacent to the current temple operated by the Fraser Valley Hindu Cultural Society (FVHCS) at 31545 Walmsley Ave.

That facility was built 14 years ago, but Ajay Grover, an FVHCS director who is heading the current construction, said it was always intended to be temporary.

At only about 1,500-sq.ft., the building is woefully inadequate to meet the growing needs of the temple membership.

Grover said FVHCS currently serves about 250 families from Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Aldergrove and Langley.

Grover said the only other Hindu temple in the Lower Mainland is in Surrey, and the next closest one is in Kamloops.

The new two-storey 13,000-sq.ft. facility is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The top floor will include office space and a large prayer hall that can accommodate big events. The bottom floor will include a kitchen and eating area.

Grover said the new facility will be able to hold community activities such as weddings and other large celebrations, as well as seniors’ programs, language classes, yoga sessions, music lessons and more.

He said the entire community will be welcome.

Mayor Bruce Banman, who was at the site for a few hours on Tuesday to help with construction, said a strong community provides worship opportunities for all its citizens.

Donations of cash, labour and materials are helping the facility take shape on the land owned by FVHCS.

To date, $500,000 has been raised toward the $2 million cost.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the project in any way is asked to contact Ajay Grover at 604-832-0999, Darshan Sharma at 604-308-5301 or Dharnjit Grover at 604-556-8083.

(Photo below: An artist’s rendering depicts the finished temple.)

 

Just Posted

Abbotsford hopes to restrict new marijuana grow applications

After provincial rule change this spring, city left looking to craft its own rules

Abbotsford to boost transit faster than first planned

City to get 12 new buses, expand service by 40 per cent, by end of 2022

No student left behind by prohibitive fees, Abbotsford officials say

Approved 2019/20 fees include non-mandatory cost of school supplies

VIDEO: Protection for Abbotsford burial site urged by First Nations, developer

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

Mt. Baker climb next month honours Const. John Davidson

Abbotsford Police chief and Davidson’s three grown children among participants

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Pride flag taken down by Township of Langley

Woman said she was told it was removed from her front yard because of a complaint

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

Most Read