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Falling of Cross from the Church Top. 30­ yr ­old US church converting into Hindu temple.

Hindu organisations have purchased hundreds of churches in Europe and America to make temples in last decades…..

Now, 30­ year ­old US church to be converted into Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan.

Upananda Brahmachari | HENB | Haridwar | Dec 24, 2018:: It must be a news of great dismay for the evangelists and Christian missionaries that an old church in Portsmouth, Virginia, in the US is celebrating its last Christmas and New Years Eve in this year end.

When the evangelists and Christian missionaries in India are running there cunning conversion ploy after pumping huge church funds from many American and European countries; many Hindu organisations have been purchasing hundreds of churches in Europe and America to make temples during last couple of decades as those churches could not be able to fetch practicing Christians there on the belief of Jesus Christ as their saviour! Falling for Crosses from the Church Top continues!!

Now, a 30­ year­ old church in Portsmouth, Virginia, in the US has been bought to be converted into a Swaminarayan Hindu temple. The pran pratistha (consecration) ceremony for the idols will be done once the church is revamped as a temple.

It is the sixth church in the US and the ninth across the world to be turned into a Swaminarayan temple by Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan based in Maninagar, Ahmedabad.

The news above came to TOI as reported today by Bharat Yagnik of TNN and also confirmed by BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha)+ Central in Ahmedabad.

Apart from Virginia, churches in California, Luiseville, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Ohio in the US have been transformed into temples by the sect. Similarly in the UK, two churches have been converted into temples in London and Bolton near Manchester. The sect has also acquired a 125­ year­ old property in Toronto, Canada.

Bhagwatpriyadas Swami, the mahant of the sansthan, told TOI that under the guidance of Purshottampriyadas Swami, the spiritual head of the sansthan, the 30 ­year­ old church was acquired to be refurbished into a Swaminarayan temple.

“Not many changes would be mandated in the church at Portsmouth, as it was already a spiritual place of another faith. This would be the first temple for Haribhakts in Virginia,” Bhagwatpriyadas Swami said.

The Swaminarayan temple sources said that Virginia has an estimated population of 10,000 Gujaratis, mainly hailing from North Gujarat, Charotar in Central Gujarat and Kutch. The church is spread over five acres with 18,000 sq feet built up. It has a large parking place that can accommodate 150 four­ wheelers. The church was bought at an estimated cost of $ 1.6 million.

Not only Swaminarayan sects of Sanatan Hindu faith, many other Hindu organistaions having their Head Quarters in India have also purchased a significant numbers of Church properties and Christian Prayer houses in abroad  for making new temple there.

“Bharat Sevashram Sanga has set up many branches and Sri Guru Mandir and Shiva Temples on legal purchase of unused or abandoned churches in last 25-30 years and those are running very well and preaching Sanatan Vaidik Hindu Dharma,” told Swami Purnatmananda of Head of Overseas Branches of Bharat Sevasharm Sangha, a pioneer Hindu Organisation in India and abroad.

ISKCON, Divine Life Mission, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, Chinmaya Mission, Vendanta Society etc. purchased hundreds of Churches and Church properties to make new Hindu Temples for last couple of decades in Europe and America.

__with inputs from TOI.

7 comments on “Falling of Cross from the Church Top. 30­ yr ­old US church converting into Hindu temple.

  1. Dr. Thillay Naidoo
    December 25, 2018

    The greatest teacher Hindu Dharma gave to the world in ancient times was Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Let all other teachers no matter how great they may be take second place to Bhagavan who is our Purna Avatar.


  2. Mukesh Patidar
    December 26, 2018

    This is not of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha please remove the symbol of BAPS


    • hinduexistence
      December 29, 2018


      Mukesh Patidar Ji,

      If you are an authority in BAPS or Any Authority from BAPS writes a formal letter to us for removal of BAPS symbol from our pic, we will do that.

      Don’t take it otherwise. Thanks and Regards.

      Moderator, Web Team of


  3. Glenda Parkman
    December 27, 2018

    The Church is not a building, or a series of buildings. The Church is the Bride of Christ Jesus – those who have accepted the that sacrifice Jesus, God the Son, made on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of humanity, the reality of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead, and the free gift of eternal salvation He offers to all who believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but He who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 (New King James Version of The Holy Bible) True believers in Jesus can meet in a house, a school building, another type of building, or a building specifically devoted to meetings and activities of Christian believers, but their Christianity is not determined by the type of building in which they meet.


    • Kalyan Pal Choudhury
      April 23, 2022

      But crores poured in India for constructing churches. Why?


  4. Sibu Varghese
    February 4, 2019

    Do not post such hate filled article. Your mind is so small. First of all, you are able to buy churches to build your temple, because you were considered as fellow human beings, not because of your looks or anything you brought from your state back in India. Almost all of the funds you have today is made in the Christian west. If you want to go into a pissing contest of an ego centric “my religion is better than yours”, then go ahead and compete against your like – Islam. BTW, how many mosques have you brought and converted into temples? Bantu masjid was built upon your temple – how come you cannot even till today build your Ram’s temple if you were so brave end rich and that your faith is real? Don’t start a war between peace loving normal people.
    As far as India is concerned, we Indian Christians has the freedom to spread our faith peacefully. We don’t need Hindu’s permission. India is not just your nation, but ours as well.


  5. Parimal Christian
    May 17, 2019

    To the Moderator Web team,

    It is not about religion at all…but a true loving relationship with God himself. I am a proud Indian Christian who follow Jesus Christ diligently.

    My forefathers were Swaminarayana…No Christian missionaries gave them money or ration to become followers of Jesus Christ. This propaganda is false. Actually Jesus himself appeared to my great-grand father and he decided to follow him. He got the Loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

    I have a few comments:

    1. Please do not support such wrong propaganda that Christian missionaries are luring people to conversion. The fact is Jesus is the living God and he either appears to people or convinces them about the truth from the Bible. John 8:32 “Know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.” Jesus said, “I am the way the Truth and the life.”

    2. If “Sanatan Dharma” is a religion of peace then why are you spreading such hatred? Jesus has taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who hate us. I will pray for you with a genuine Love towards all your people. Help me to retain my respect for “Sanathan Dharma” by not spreading such hatred towards Christians in India and among Indian diaspora.

    3. I would like to share a story of Saul of Tarsus, a Jew and a Roman Citizen who lived in and around Jerusalem from AD 25 to AD 64. He started persecuting Christians and burning their worship places and killing them. Jesus appeared to him and told him “Why are you persecuting me? it is hard for you to kick against the nails (goads)” Book of Acts 9:4-5 and 26:13-15.

    If you are fighting against the Churches and the Cross be careful because you are actually fighting against Jesus himself…and you might later be one of his missionaries like Saul of Tarsus.

    Love and compassion is more powerful then hatred and any weapons humans have. May the Love of Jesus Christ open your eyes to the truth.


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