The Ahmedabad-based Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has bought a 30-year-old church in Portsmouth of Virginia, United States and plans to convert it into a Swaminarayan temple, reported Times of India.
According to reports, the Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has already converted eight churches across the world into Hindu temples, out of which five in the US itself. The temple trust has converted churches in California, Louisville, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Ohio in the US. Two churches, one in London and another near Bolton in Manchester, UK have also been converted into Hindu temples.
The Portsmouth church will be the sixth church in the US to be converted into a Hindu temple by Swaminarayan Sansthan. It is reported that the Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has also acquired a 125-year-old property in Toronto, Canada to build another temple.
Bhagwatpriyadas Swami, mahant of the Sansthan said, “It is under the guidance of our spiritual head Purshottampriyadas Swami that the 30-year-old church was acquired to be refurbished into a Swaminarayan temple. Not many changes would be mandated in the church at Portsmouth, as it was already a spiritual place of another faith. This would be the first temple for Haribhakts in Virginia.”