London will soon be known as the ‘Jagannath Dham’ of Europe as the construction of a grand Jagannath Mandir Temple Complex is in the United Kingdom’s capital city. The Jagannath Temple Trust, UK, announced about the eternal project to be held in the UK.
This organization was founded by eminent UK based Odia at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Odisha Society of UK held on 23rd August 2020 in numerous dignitaries from Odisha and India.
Due to Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s OSUK convention was held through video conferencing and attended by many members of Odia people living in the UK, USA, Europe, India, and many other parts of the world. Constructing a Jagannath temple has been a dream for the UK based Odias. They want to spread Odia’s history and tradition across the globe.
The UK already has temples to the divinities of some of the holy Hindu Chaar Dhaams. But the absence of Lord Jagannath Temple has been disheartening the Odia community in the UK.
By 2024, the Jagannath Temple Trust, UK, proposes to complete the construction of Lord Jagannath temple. Right now, the trust is finalizing a relevant site in London for the Temple.
Speaker of the Odisha Assembly Shri Surya Narayan Patra; Leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly Shri Pradipta Kumar Naik, State Culture Minister Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi; Members of Parliament (MPs) Shri Surjeet Kumar, Dr. Amar Patnaik, Dr. Sasmit Patra, Shri Achyuta Samanta; Former MPs Shri Baijayant Panda, Shri Ram Chandra Khuntia, Shri Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Shri Ranjib Biswal; Odisha Ratna Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy; Padma Shri Dr.Haladhar Nag; Director General of Police, Kerala, Shri Lokanath Behera, IPS were amongst those who complimented the Trustees of the Jagannath temple Trust. They have desired to see the complete Temple of Lord Jagannath as soon as possible and promised to provide every possible help for the Temple’s establishment.
The Temple will also be a centre for disseminating Hindu philosophy and encouraging cultural, social, educational activities correlated with Lord Jagannath.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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