Opposition Leader and State MP for Auburn, Luke Foley, was one of the guests at the opening of Sydney Durga Temple in Regents Park.
A LARGE crowd turned out for the long-awaited opening of Hindu community's Sydney Durga Temple at Regents Park.
Formed in 2002, the not-for-profit group Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam, brought one acre of land at 21 Rose Crescent in 2005 and began a three-stage project to build the temple complex.
A temporary prayer hall was completed in October 2006, followed by the construction of a $1.85 million educational and cultural hall in 2009, the first within a Hindu temple complex in Australia.
The last stage of the $8.5 million project was finally completed last month and opened with a series of blessings and ceremonies this month.
Joining the celebrations was Opposition Leader and State MP for Auburn, Luke Foley, who said it was thanks to the dedication and commitment of the Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam, that the landmark temple had been constructed.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Devasthanam, in particular the president, M Mahendran Ratnam, and all members of the management committee for this great achievement," he said.
"And just as importantly, thanks to all for the charitable work and promotion of the Hindu faith in our vibrant multicultural community."