Hindu temple volunteers give area a spring clean

VOLUNTEERS from a temple in Ashton-under-Lyne have been doing their bit to clean up their local neighbourhood. 

A litter pick was organised by the team at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the Hindu temple on Lees Road, as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

They took to the streets recently and filled more than 20 bags containing various items of litter.

Mayur Patel, a lead community outreach volunteer at the temple, was pleased with the turnout and the improvement made to the environment that surrounds the Hurst-based place of worship.

He said: “His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the global spiritual leader of the BAPS Hindu fellowship and the inspirer of the Mandir, teaches us to respect and care for the environment and to serve our local communities as a part of our social responsibility.

“Seeing so many volunteers come together for such a worthy cause is a testimony of the community spirit between the temple and its neighbours and demonstrates the transformative power and impact of collective action.”

As well as a place of worship for hundreds of Hindus in the Greater Manchester area, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir provides educational, community and spiritual activities for children, youths, families and the elderly.

More information about the Mandir can be found at baps.org/manchester.

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