SRI VENKATESWARA BALAJI TEMPLE: Dudley to welcome Europe’s largest Hindu temple

The city of Dudley, in the former industrial heartlands of England‘s West Midlands, will become the home of Europe’s largest Hindu temple (mandir) this Sunday. The Sri Venkateswara Balaji temple, built and consecrated on land purchased from the local district council, is expected to attract 10,000 devotees and visitors per day for its special inauguration festival which ends after five days of celebrations this Sunday (2 February 2014). While the temple has been in existence for some years, the festival will celebrate its expansion which includes a £500,000 building opened in April 2013 for the blessing of babies in the ‘yagashala’ ceremony. The … Continue reading SRI VENKATESWARA BALAJI TEMPLE: Dudley to welcome Europe’s largest Hindu temple

FREE OAP TRAVEL: West Midlands pensioners could lose funding

The West Midlands “ring and ride” service which provides free transportation for the elderly could soon be abolished under local government cutbacks, the Express and Star reports. The distinctive red, white and blue minibuses have long been a valuable service offering a degree of independence for people with mobility problems caused by advanced age or disability. However, Westminster’s austerity campaign to bring Britain out of recession has seen funding cut significantly for local councils across the United Kingdom, including those in the West Midlands region. Cuts are expected to free public transport services in the West Midlands. The dry-up of … Continue reading FREE OAP TRAVEL: West Midlands pensioners could lose funding