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Indianapolis Hindu temple getting $10M expansion

March 18, 2015

A Hindu temple in Indianapolis is in the midst of a $10 million expansion.

The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana opened in 2006, giving a local home to worshippers who once went to temples in Chicago, Dayton, Ohio; or Louisville. But the Indianapolis temple has used a temporary space that doesn't resemble the elaborate temples found in India.

The expansion, set to be unveiled in June, includes construction of a worship hall with 17 shrines, The Indianapolis Star reported. It also adds four carved towers that make the facility more closely resemble a temple.

Temple board vice chairman Arun Jain said the expansion is a sign of putting down permanent roots in Indiana. Other Hindu temples in Indiana can be found in Avon, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Merrillville.

The temple draws about 1,000 people on holidays but will have room to accomodate 4,000 after the expansion, Jain said.

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