Report by Hardik Raman
We have some enlightened news from our Dravidian family in Germany. The Largest Dravidian Hindu temple (Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal) has been completed in Hamm in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia with an attendance of over 25,000 devotees from around the world, of which many were of the Aaiyyanist faith. In fact, there are several hundred Aaiyyanists in the North Rhine-Westphalia region alone, living amongst over 5000 traditional Hindus.
The temple itself has a 17-meter high gopuram and follows the style of the famous Kamakshi Temple in Kanchipuram, India. It was reported that sculptors, masons and builders were brought from India for its construction and the temple itself has over 200 figures of Hindu deities.
As is the traditional way, the temple will open every day and conduct 3 daily poojas. The main festivals will also be organised such as Thaipongal, Thaipoosam, Dheepavali, Maha Shivarathri etc…
Everyone from all faiths and beliefs are allowed to visit the temple and experience the wondrous energy that will emanate from this spiritual centre in the heart of Europe. The great spokesman for Hinduism Rajan Zed, (President of Universal Society of Hinduism), 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 Rajan hoped that this Temple would focus people in this direction.
Hindu Aaiyyanist correspondents in the area also reported that there will be an adjacent Hindu Cultural Heritage Centre, which will include an auditorium, a modern library, museum, and classes for music, Yoga, Tamil, Sanskrit, Carnatic music, and other Dravidian Hindu cultural elements. We await with great anticipation when this Centre will open to complement the temples ideals.