Premier Helps Officially Open Canada's Largest Hindu Temple
Impressive Complex Celebrates Indo-Canadian Art, Architecture And Culture
Premier Dalton McGuinty today celebrated the inauguration of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a marvel of Indian art and architecture that will attract tourists and teach visitors about Ontario's Indo-Canadian community.
"Ontario has a large, vibrant Indo-Canadian community and such a strong commitment to celebrating our diversity and I know this Mandir will thrive here," said Premier McGuinty. "I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to build this beautiful complex -- it is a wonderful gift to Ontario and to Canada."
The current spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan movement, His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, attended the ceremony. Prime Minister Stephen Harper also attended the ceremony.
"The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an architectural masterpiece that will become a landmark destination," said Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle at an earlier visit. "The Mandir pays tribute to the marvels of Indian civilization right here in Ontario."
The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is made entirely of stone and marble and features intricate hand carvings and sculptures. The temple complex also includes a museum and a meeting hall.
"This beautiful Mandir reminds us all that what is truly important is our common humanity," said Premier McGuinty. "And if we work and dream together we can build not just a better Ontario, but a better Canada and a better world for our children."