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Meet Toronto's newest temple
July 23, 2007 3:33 PM   Subscribe

A few weeks ago, the first traditional Vedic temple (or mandir) opened in Europe. Yesterday the first of its kind was inaugrated in Canada. Something of an architectural marvel, each piece of the temple was made in India, the stones all being interlocking and load-bearing, thereby eliminating the need for nails or steel supports. In fact, it's put together entirely using ancient techniques.
posted by stinkycheese (10 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
More photos here and here.

I've driven past it and been awed. Definitely worth having a look at if you live in the area. This is the second of two amazing temples on the site in the last four years, the other being constructed in the Haveli manner as well. The organization responsible for the temples is BAPS BTW.
posted by stinkycheese at 3:33 PM on July 23, 2007


So they look upon the Amish as decadent technophiles?
posted by Smedleyman at 3:44 PM on July 23, 2007


beautiful!
posted by amberglow at 4:07 PM on July 23, 2007


Very cool.
posted by Vindaloo at 5:32 PM on July 23, 2007


previously(ish)
posted by scruss at 7:47 PM on July 23, 2007


First link in the post.
posted by stinkycheese at 8:42 PM on July 23, 2007


My dad and I, one summer? We built a veranda? And we didn't use any tools.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:20 PM on July 23, 2007


A few years more like, the one in London has been open since 1995...
posted by Helga-woo at 1:50 AM on July 24, 2007


Very cool. Thanks, stinkycheese.
posted by dreamsign at 3:09 AM on July 24, 2007


We've been putting off a visit to Toronto for some time now but I think this may finally be the reason that tips the scales. It's gorgeous.
posted by pookzilla at 4:02 AM on July 24, 2007


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