Scarborough’s $10M temple unveiled

An eponymous temple devoted to the Hindu god was consecrated inScarborough with an elaborate ceremony spanning the long weekend andattended by an estimated 50,000 people from across North America.

Lord Ayyappan has a new home.

An eponymous temple devoted to the Hindu god was consecrated in Scarborough with an elaborate ceremony spanning the long weekend and attended by an estimated 50,000 people from across North America.

“It’s a very important day for us,” said Thiru Sivasamy, devotee, volunteer and treasurer of the temple board, during the inauguration yesterday. “The temple has been built by first-generation Sri Lankan and Indian immigrants who may not have had too much money to donate, but had faith.”

The Canada Sri Ayyappan Hindu Temple — on Middlefield Road near Finch Avenue — took more than a decade to build. It spans 22,000 square feet and cost $10 million. Yesterday, the followers celebrated Lord Ayyappan’s homecoming.

“Everything is magnificent,” said Arunshee Arulanantham, a 14-year-old from Scarborough, who spent the weekend volunteering at the temple. “I’ve never seen anything like the sculptures here.”

 
 
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