IJAMSVILLE, Md - A local Hindu temple has plans to launch the second phase of its expansion that will include a second temple and larger than life deity statue.
The second temple will be about 51,000 square feet; the current temple is 5,000.
The main deity statue of Lord Hanuman will be 36 feet tall.
"A lot of the growth came from the volunteers and all the devotees who donated," Abirami Thyagarajan, a temple volunteer, says. "All the devotees who donated, who really want the temple, who can see it grow and who want it to grow [donated]."
Because of the increasing interest in the Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple, from not just Hindus, but community members alike, a second temple will be built on the property that consists of 42 acres.
But the expansion does come at a steep price of $20 million.
That money is coming from donations and business loans the temple has taken out.
While the temple that's open to anyone, offers Hindu prayers and other religious services, temple members and volunteers also participate in community service.
Community services include donating to local food banks, providing support in disaster relief, and holding a dance class for children with autism.
"And we do D.C. Kitchen, which is making food for poor people in D.C.," Thyagarajan says, "It's a regular event that we do every year and we have people from here volunteering to go there."
With the new space, the activities, prayer services, and even community space for events and weddings will grow.
To donate, visit the temple in Ijamsville, or their website: http://sbat.org/.