A Hindu temple in Norway offers a matchmaking service for the Scandinavian Hindu community. “Those who may be interested to find his/her life partner or parents interested to find bride or groom for their children can register themselves in our register of match finding”, website of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Hindu Temple of Slemmestad (Norway) states. “Matrimonial Personal Data” asked in the registration form, besides other information, includes hobbies, appearance (in addition to photograph) and family information. Registration and service charges are 500 Norwegian krone (about $81).In addition to this matrimonial service, this Hindu temple also offers various other services in all of Scandinavia, including first haircut of the child known as “mundan”.
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of temple management and area community for realizing this Hindu temple complex.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this Scandinavian temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
One of the aims of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Norway, first registered in 1988, is “to promote piece & harmony in the Norwegian society”. Harkesh Sharma, Harvinder Prashar and Vijay K. Sangar are President, Vice President and Secretary respectively of the temple Executive Committee; while K.R.Mishra is the Priest.
Slemmestad, west of Oslo, is a village on the Oslofjord in Royken municipality. It is home to a Cement Museum and Norwegian female footballer Melissa Wiik was born here.