Tannis Toohey/torstar news service
Italian marble. Indian sandstone. Turkish limestone.
The new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple was declared not just a place of Hindu worship for Indo-Canadians, but a symbol of their new home in Canada.
“It seems to me Toronto is the perfect place for this mandir (temple),” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said before thousands of Indo-Canadians who waved Indian and Canadian flags yesterday during the opening ceremony of their new temple near Highway 27 and Finch Avenue.
“This is a place where people from all over the world come together to create something beautiful – a strong and diverse society.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said India was a model for Canada as a democratic country that brings together diverse languages and cultures. “Today, we’re celebrating one of our country’s greatest strengths – our commitment to pluralism,” he said.
The $40-million temple is an architectural wonder. Under the gleaming sun, it looked like a sparkling crystal palace.