Modi Temple Visit
A construction programme for the Shreenathju Hindu temple in Manama was officially launched by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his recent trip to Bahrain – the first official visit by an Indian PM to the Kingdom. Bob Thaker, President of Thathai Hindu Merchants Community (THMC) – an expatriate business association comprising more than 80 organisations from the trading, construction, contracting, education and hospitality segments in the Kingdom – revealed details of the project. The BD1.6 million upgrade includes the development of a 4,180sq/m, three-storey structure on the temple site. A section of the existing temple will be retained while the rest will be demolished and rebuilt to give 80 per cent more capacity for devotees. The new structure will also include a community events hall with capacity for 500 people to host weddings and other ceremonies; a museum, showcasing the history of the Thathai Bhatia community in Bahrain; a library and knowledge centre; kitchens; and a staff area. Project completion is expected in 2021 and the development will be funded by members of the Thathai Bhatia community – a group of Indian Hindus with origins in Jaisalmer Rajasthan – in Bahrain. A contractor for the project will be named later this year and Bahraini Mazen Al Omran is working as a consultant for the development.
28 September 2019
Vol.23 - Issue 9 - Your guide to a great way of life