Sunday 19 December 2021 9:07 AM UTC
LONDON Dec 19: Hindus in UK is set to get its first-ever purpose-built crematorium in Buckinghamshire in south-east England after Anoopam Mission UK, a charity organisation, won its appeal for erecting the structure close to its temple and community centre.
The appeal was granted to Anoopam Mission by the country’s planning inspectorate on 16th December which means the organisation now possesses the requisite permission to build the crematorium with associated landscape and biodiversity enhancements in Denham.
The structure will be made adjacent to the mission’s Swaminarayan Temple at The Lea, Western Avenue, and will cater to the wider region’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.
This would represent the first purpose-built Hindu faith crematorium in the UK.
Commenting on the decision, the Spiritual Leader of Anoopam Mission, Param Puya Sahebji said: “We welcome this important decision and the opportunity for Anoopam Mission to serve the Hindu population of the UK. Observing ‘antim sanskar’ or last rites in accordance with our Hindu customs and rituals provides liberation for the departed soul and peace of mind for families during a sensitive time. Our large and tranquil grounds in Denham, with our newly built Mandir facilities, provides an ideal location for this ‘manav sewa’, or service to humanity. We look forward to working with all Hindu organisations to deliver this vision for the whole community.”
The design of the crematorium building and associated facilities such as a dining hall has been particularly tailored and architecturally designed. The proposal includes two waiting rooms, two private ritual rooms for pre-ceremony rituals, a large ceremony hall and a crematory hall. There is also a separate canteen building, including dining seating and showering facilities. This would enable ritual washing and communal eating following a cremation. Adequate car parking would also be provided under the mission’s agreed proposal.
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