Bangladesh Hindu Temple in Hamtramck (Michigan, USA) had reportedly a grand opening on July 24, 2011. A former Union hall, it now contains image of Goddess Durga, etc. Only few blocks away, fire reportedly destroyed their earlier temple in 2006, which was founded in 2002.
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of temple leaders and area Bangladeshi-Hindu community to realize this wonderful Hindu temple.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple complex would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
According to reports, Sunday opening included special prayers, community lunch, chanting, etc. Hari Dutta is President of this Temple whose congregation is mostly Bengali speaking. There is another Bangladesh Hindu Mandir in Elmhurst (New York, USA).
Hamtramck, established in 1798, is known for its four-day long annual musical festival Hamtramck Blowout, in which reportedly over 200 bands participate. Its schoolchildren reportedly speak 26 native languages and 2.7% of its population is of Bangladeshi and 5.4% of Asian-Indian descent. Karen Majewski and William Cooper are Mayor and City Manager respectively. Notable people associated with Hamtramck include actress Gail Kobe, basketball player Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr., musician Mitch Ryder, tennis player Jane Bartkowicz, and actors Tom Tyler and John Hodiak.