Construction of a Hindu temple in Grande Prairie County No. 1 (Alberta, Canada) is expected to start soon, according to reports. This new temple complex, to be raised by the non-profit Grande Prairie Hindu Association, plans to meet the worship, social and cultural needs of the community and will be Canada’s most northern Hindu temple. Besides Hinduism, it aims to promote India and its dances, culture, philosophy, foods, etc., and hopes to bring instructors from India to teach classical music, yoga, etc. It is currently waiting development permit from the county and its management hopes to receive some funding from government, reports suggest.
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of Association leaders and area community to realize this wonderful Hindu temple complex.
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.
Area Hindus earlier had to travel to Edmonton, about 450 kilometers, for worshipping at a Hindu temple. Dr. Sam Dube and Dr. Nikhilesh Roy are President and Vice-president respectively of the Association, while Dr. Ratna Kali-Roy and Dr.Paramesha Pillay are Secretaries, and Sadhna Premlal is Treasurer.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents.
Grande Prairie County No. 1, with an area of about 5,570 square kilometers has only about 18,000 population. This area was settled in the early 1900’s. Currently, Everett McDonald and Bill Rogan are Reeve and Administrator respectively of the County, whose Vision Statement includes: “focuses on people, their quality of life and diversity of opportunity”.