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29 March 2019Visit to Balaji Hindu temple
11 April 2019Walking Tour in City of Birmingham
02 May 2019Robert Bateman Talk
09 May 2019Scagliola Demonstration
13 June 2019Coach Visit to Biddulph Grange and Biddulph Old Hall

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Visit to Balaji Hindu temple
Friday 29 March 2019

Join us for a guided tour of this Hindu Temple in the heart of the West Midlands. Opened in 2000, it is built on a large site acquired from the Black Country Development Corporation. It is based on Thirupathi Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, South India, the most visited Hindu Temple in the world. There are incredible granite sculptures above the various shrines and the main temple – the stone carving was all undertaken in Mamallapuram by specialist craftsmen. Our guide will be Ram Aithal – he has played a leading role in the development of the site and designed the recently opened Peace centre in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. We will meet in the Community Hall at the Temple, Dudley Road East, Tividale B69 3DU at 10.15am for coffee and a short introduction on the history of the site and Hindu philosophy before visiting the Gatehouse, Shrines and the Temple with its beautiful mahogany carvings. The Peace centre with information boards about Gandhi’s life and death will be available to visit in the afternoon if you have time. It includes images by Henri Cartier-Bresson who was with Gandhi the day before he was assassinated. Please note as this is a place of worship you will be asked to remove your shoes to go inside the Temple and Shrines (socks are allowed). There is ample free parking on site. Independent Travel.

Cost £10pp.

The Society will make a donation to support weekend Music and Performing Arts tuition for young people at Balaji by volunteers. A vegetarian curry lunch is available for our group on request. 

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