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Shiva Stone journey to Tividale Hindu Temple
Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple
The Temple is set in a 21.5 acre site

Thousands of people from across the world visited a Hindu Temple in the Black Country for a special ceremony.

They came to the Shri Venkateswara (Balaji )Temple in Tividale for the consecration and installation of the Shiva Lingam, the sacred symbol of the Hindu Deity Lord Shiva.

The stone Linga was brought from Gangothri, the highest stretch of the River Ganges in the Himalayas.

The ceremony took place in August over a four day period.

BBC Inside Out West Midlands followed the journey from the Ganges to Tividale.

Watch the journey on BBC iPlayer (available until Monday, 1 November 2010).

Thousands of visitors

Dr Kandiah Somasundarrajah, one of the Founding Trustees of the Temple also spoke on BBC WM. He said that nearly 15,000 people had visited Tividale over the four days between Thursday, 19 August and Sunday, 22 August 2010.

The Shiva Stone

He said visitors had come from places including Europe, Malaysia, India and Australia.

Dr Rajah said that it was a "very significant" ceremony for the Hindu community and the Balaji Temple which is the largest Hindu Temple of South Indian architecture in Europe.

He explained how the shape of the stone Shiva Lingam had been formed by water running over it naturally over hundreds of years.

The ceremony involved months of preparation and the Shiva Lingam has been placed in a small temple-like structure which has been hand-carved in India.

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