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Lake in the Hills approves plans for Hindu temple

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Lake in the Hills Village Board approved plans for a Hindu temple on a 2.4 acre site that formerly housed a church.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. received approval for a conditional religious use permit at 1300 Cunat Court, interim Community Development Director Fred Mullard said.

The organization will be renting the space from the owners of the building, who are looking at filling in the land’s two pools, Trustee Ray Bogdanowski said.

The temple plans to be open daily and will be used for worship/prayer services, assemblies, ceremonies, religious classes, scripture reading, community activities, dining and charitable events, according to a news release from Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism.

The property is zoned for a multifamily dwelling district and previously was Crossway Church and social service agency Northern Illinois Center for Autism.

The organization previously rented space from the village and held religious services at Village Hall for the past seven years while looking for a permanent space.

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is the Midwest organization of the BAPS denomination of the Hindu religion, and it has a temple in Bartlett.

There are no proposed plans to make physical changes to the property, Mullard said.

The organization serves as a “spiritual and volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service,” according to village documents.

Zed said it is important to pass on Hindu spirituality concepts and traditions to coming generations amid “distractions in the consumer society,” and people should focus on the “inner search and realization of self.”

BAPS has 3,850 gathering centers, more than 1 million followers, 55,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 sadhus worldwide, according to the release.

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