In 2011, members of Coventry’s Hindu community finally moved to their new temple.
There were no tears as they left their old home of more than 30 years – in the form of the Hindu Temple at 274 Stoney Stanton Road – because they were so delighted with their new purpose-built premises further up the same road at number 380.
Members of the Hindu Temple Society have long been dreaming of a new site in which to worship.
They raised £1million, £210,000 of which was made from the sale of the former building to the developer Paragon UK to build the Paragon Park site, off Stoney Stanton Road which includes part of the former Courtaulds site.
The land on which the Hindu Temple Society first hosted its flag was purchased by the Hindu Temple Society from late Sri Nagin Das Parekh in July 1968. After some alterations on the first floor of this building the Hindu Temple Society started its daily prayer (Arti) to our deities.
Later on the temple started celebrating festivals like Krishna Janamashtami, Ram Navmi, Diwali, and Vijay Dashmi. With the major contribution of Shri R. P Farmah and Shri Jaginder Pal Thakyar the temple constructed its main hall on the ground floor in the year 1977/78. Under the leadership of Shri R P Farmah the Hindu Society generated the funds and donations which was used for the construction of the main hall and other part of the present building. In the same year the Praan Pratishtha ceremony of Ganesh Ji, Hanuman Ji and Shree Ram Darbar was held.
The active contribution of Late Shri R.P. Farmah, Late Shri Charan Das Sharma, Shri Ram Saroop Sharma, Shri Banwali Bhai, Shri Janak Raj Chibba, Shri Sita Ram, Shri Madan Lal Sharma, Shri Banwari Lal Sharma, Shri Ram Krishna Prashar, Late Shri S.C. Anand, Shri Naresh Sharma, Shri Rakesh Sharma, Shri R.R. Dhawan, Shri H.K. Joshi, Shri P.L. Joshi, Shri Yash Pal Thakyar, Shri K.N. Nayyar and Shri P.K. Bhakri in the Murti Sthapana of Shree Ram Darbar is highly commendable. Besides this team there were many devotes who contributed in the early phase of the Hindu Temple’s development. After a few years later the Hindu Temple appointed Late Shri Ram Das Joshi as its permanent priest.
After about a decade the Hindu Temple decided to install the Murtis of Shri Radha Krishna, Shiva Parivar and Mata Durga Ji. On the first Saturday of December 1988 the Murti Sthapana and its Praan Pratishtha was held in the supervision of the main priest of Leicester, Shri Abba Ji Maharaj.
After the installation of the Murti of Mata Durga, Shiva Parivar and Shri Radha Krishna the Mandir developed gradually and became very popular among all Hindus of Coventry.
About fifteen years ago by the inspiration of Late Shri Ram Das Joshi the Janaki Mandali (a ladies wing of the Hindu temple for Bhajans and Mata Ki Chowkee) was established. Since then it is organising Mata Ki Chowki on every Tuesday.
To meet the increasing demands and needs of Hindus in Coventry the Hindu Temple Society has purchased a land of about two acre at 380, Stoney Stanton Road (behind the petrol station). The temple also bought a residential property for the accommodation of the temple priest/caretaker and the guests.