There are approximately 920 million Hindus of the world population making Hinduism the third largest religion in the world after
Christianity and Islam;
of these, about 890 million live in India, and 30 million in the Hindu diaspora.
Other countries with large Hindu populations include Bangladesh,
Trinidad and Tobago,
United States, and the
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August 28, 2008, Palm Beach Post, Hindu temple wins Palm Beach County approval, by Mitra Malek.
WEST PALM BEACH The Florida Sevashram Sangha won zoning approval from Palm Beach County commissioners today to build a temple on its property at Lantana Road and Bentbrook Boulevard, just east of Florida's Turnpike.
The Hindu congregation met for three years at a house in the Country West subdivision, frustrating neighbors in the roughly 500-home community who said nearly 50 to 75 cars are parked outside the address on Sundays.
Commissioners, sitting as the county's zoning board, required the congregation to vacate the house within 90 days and not return until the new temple is done.
July 09, 2008, Palm Beach Post, Neighbors oppose Hindu temple construction, by Tim Pallesen.
A proposal to build a Hindu temple on Lantana Road has sparked concerns among neighbors.
The Sevashram Sangha congregation was set to ask county commissioners this month for zoning to allow a 4,672-square-foot sanctuary plus offices to be built on the northeast corner of Lantana Road and Bentbrook Boulevard.
But the proposal was postponed at least a month after residents of Country Lakes West voiced opposition after the congregation's architect showed them the temple plans on June 24.
"We don't care if it's Hindu, Christian or Catholic - we don't want a place of worship there," said resident Jerry Parker, an opposition leader.
The Hindu congregation has worshipped for three years in a single-family home on the 1.65-acre site that Country Lakes residents must pass to access Lantana Road.
"The owners and their worshippers already cause a traffic nightmare," Parker wrote County Commissioner Jeff Koons. "They constantly have garbage all over the property."
The congregation's pastor, Pandig Maharaj, didn't return a phone call for comment. Temple architect Christopher Barry declined to comment.
Country Lake's property owners' association has focused on traffic as its primary reason to oppose building the new temple.
"We believe this project will cause a traffic problem at the entrance to our community," the homeowners association wrote in a letter that urged residents to attend the June 24 meeting.
After the meeting, Barry asked for the zoning request to be delayed one month to address the neighborhood's traffic concern. He proposed adding a right-turn lane on Bentbrook Boulevard.
Florida Sevashram Sangha (ashram) is a member of the inter-faith council which is led by Sheik Maulana Shafayat Mohamed and Rabbi Barry Silver.
These pages have been revised to reflect the addition of Florida Sevashram Sangha to our database of faith communities.