UK Hindu couple's bedroom turned temple draws 50,000 pilgrims

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London, May 29 : An Indian couple have had more than 50,000 visitors to their home since they turned their spare bedroom into a Hindu temple 29 years ago.

Sushila and Dhirajlal Karia, of Clacton, Essex, regularly receive coachloads of visitors to their detached house in a quiet residential street.

Their room has been transformed into a religious shrine - with 17 authentic marble statues of gods and goddesses.

A priest from India blessed the temple at Clacton-on-Sea in a four-day ceremony.

"There was no temple in Essex so we prayed in our own home. We needed a priest to inaugurate a ceremony so the gods become alive and worthy of prayer," The Sun quoted Dhirajlal, as saying.

"People started to hear about it and came to pray - from all over England," he added.

His wife, Sushila, 57, added: "The priest took all the statues to the seafront and put them in the water."

The couple wants to turn their home into a community centre so the temple can continue after they die.

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