BRANDON, MS (WLBT) – Inauguration ceremonies wrapped up Wednesday in Rankin County for a new Indian Hindu Temple.
There were five days of celebrations for the 3,500 square foot temple on Vernon Jones Avenue in Brandon.
Temple officials said sixteen priests from India and all over the United States came to perform the Hindu rituals.
A 45 foot Kingly Tower stands at the front entrance.
Inside are three main temples for the worship of the religion's three major gods.
The structure is made of granite, marble and teak wood and contains no synthetic materials.
There is also a 16 layer ceiling inscribed with scriptures.
The building will also contain the Indian Heritage Center.
It cost more than $3 million dollars to complete.
"The four artisans came from India. They worked for four years day and night. Every piece of art you see is handmade. There is not even one machine made piece of art you can see in this building, so that's why it's unique," said spokesperson Dr. Sampat Shivangi.
Officials said the temple is a gift from the Indian American community to the State of Mississippi and all are welcome to visit and worship.
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