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Bengaluru India Temple Groundbreaking Announced

Temple to be the first in the country

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the groundbreaking service for the Bengaluru India Temple.

Rendering of the Bengaluru India Temple
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Church leaders will break ground for the Bengaluru India Temple in December 2020. Elder Robert K. William, an Area Seventy, will preside at the event.

Attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony is by invitation only. Photos and video of the event will be available to the media and public on Newsroom after the groundbreaking services.

The new temple, which was announced by President Russell M. Nelson in April 2018, will be the first temple in India and serve nearly 15,000 Latter-day Saints.

Less than three weeks after the announcement, President Nelson traveled to India during his global ministry tour and spoke to hundreds of Latter-day Saints in Bengaluru.

“The influence of the temple will be felt not only by the people here in this particular part of India, but it will bless the people of the entire nation and neighboring nations,” said President Nelson.

The Bengaluru India Temple will be constructed in the Whitefield neighborhood of Bengaluru.

Plans call for a temple of approximately 40,000 square feet on a 1.62-acre site. A two-level meetinghouse, administrative offices, a distribution center, and a patron housing facility will also be built on the site.

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels, where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered houses of the Lord where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve others.

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