Ashland Temple Responds To Temple Incident.
Jay Srinivasan, Chairman of the New England Hindu temple emailed to Lokvani, the temple’s efforts in building community outreach after the incident at the temple. Here is the text.
Ashland police and community have been extremely supportive of the
temple for past several years. We are highly appreciative of the excellent work done by Ashland police for their follow up and quick arrest. It is up to the law enforcement authorities to take the necessary action as appropriate
applicable laws of the land.
Our temple is visited by hundreds of kids of various religions on a
basis to understand Hinduism and the culture. It has been an extreme
pleasure to see dozens of children ask various questions about the
culture etc. We enjoy their visit. We are glad kids in Massachusetts
learn about different religions in their middle school and Hinduism is
Some isolated incidents such as the one in October, make us realize
have to increase our efforts in the areas of community outreach and
community education. One of our priests represents us in the Interfaith
meetings on a regular basis. We may need to consider sending some
Hindu scholars and volunteers as guest lecturers to various schools as
of the community activity. This is already being done on an informal
Perhaps we may have to make this a formal program of the temple.
on "Valuing of Differences" as the best way to minimize and/or avoid
As you are aware, presiding deity in the New England Hindu Temple is
Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity). We pray that the blessings
Goddess Sri Lakshmi be always be with the community of New England for
wealth and prosperity.
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