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Foundations laid for city temple
Artist's impression of the new temple
The temple is set to become one of the largest in the north of England
Members of Bradford's Hindu community are celebrating their prosperity in the city by unveiling the foundation stone of a new 3m temple.

The building on Leeds Road will be one of the largest Hindu temples in the north of England.

Work on the structure, which will also include a community and sports centre is expected to begin on 1 June.

Baldev Bhardwaj, of the Hindu Cultural Society, said the temple was a way to thank the city for its opportunities.

He said Leeds Road was chosen to house the temple as it was the area where many Hindus originally settled.

"We have prospered in Bradford as have our children," he said.

"We hope people will see this building as part of our thanks to Bradford for giving us our opportunities.

"The Temple will be a magnificent building and will complement the other great religious buildings in Bradford."


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