Hindu Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal Tempel Hamm
Sri Kamadchi – Ampal Temple in the North Rhine – Westphalian city of Hamm is since the completion and inauguration on 7 July 2002, the largest Dravida temple in Europe and after the built in north Indian Nagara style Neasden Temple in London, the second largest Hindu temple in Europe at all.
The annual temple festival, where as part of a procession of the statue of the goddess Kamadchi surrounded the temple and at the same time blesses the city and the people living in it , visit more than 25,000 believers and visitors from around the world . For NRW Hindu community includes more than 5000 people, about 60,000 Tamil Hindus total live in Germany . The approximately 1.5 to 1.7 million euros, and funded solely by donations and loans temple building was designed by architect Heinz Hammer -Rainer Eichhorst , of strictly following the presentation and style of the Kamakshi temple was directed in the southern Indian Kanchipuram .
Laying the foundation stone of the building with a footprint of 27 x 27 m ( 729 m²) took place in March 2000. For the construction , especially for the many sculptures and ornaments, several temple builders were employed from India. From the outside the building shape red and white vertical stripes , the impressive portal of the Gopuram (temple tower) is 17 m high.
The temple is the goddess Kamadchi ( ” Sri Kamadchi Ampal ” : Sanskrit: kama – Akshi ; Sri = respectful salutation , Ampal = goddess Kamadchi = derivation from the Sanskrit name कामाक्षी , Kāmākṣī , Kamakshi ), which ” reads the wishes of the eyes ” or ” with the eyes of love “, dedicated . Overall, the construction decorate not only the great granite statue of the eponymous goddess , but also more than 200 figures of deities .