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The building, on Copster Hill Road, will be the new home of the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple.
Suresh Sorasia, speaking on behalf of the temple, said it would be a “landmark” building.
The current temple on Lee Street has been open since 1977 but was now too small for its congregation, councillors were told.
Mr Sorasia told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the town’s Hindus were “a proud community of Oldham and really want to contribute to its fabric”.
“We want to provide services for education, homework [and] elderly support,” he added.
Planning officer Graham Dickman said religious buildings like the temple “do tend to have some stature in the local area”.
The site of the new temple was previously used by housing association First Choice Homes as a local depot, which has since been demolished.
Courtesy: BBC World News.