Bengaluru India Temple
Planning and approval phase; exterior rendering released and site location officially announced on January 15, 2020
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Announcement:1 April 2018
On January 15, 2020, the official exterior rendering of the Bengaluru India Temple was released, and the location was announced. Project leaders will soon submit preliminary plans and applications to the local government to begin the process of approval. No date has been set for the groundbreaking.
On May 19, 2019, Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric and his wife met with members at the stake center for the Bengaluru India Stake where he assured them that plans for the Bengaluru India Temple were well underway. "We hope to share details of the design and location before the end of the year," he said, encouraging members to prepare themselves to attend the temple after it is dedicated.1
On January 15, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Bengaluru India Temple was released to the public, featuring a 38,670-square-foot temple with a skyscraping central spire surrounded by four smaller spires. Behind the temple, a multipurpose Church facility will be constructed housing a two-level meetinghouse, administrative offices, a distribution center, and a patron housing facility.
The Bengaluru India Temple will be constructed on a four-lane road in the Whitefield neighborhood of Bengaluru on the site of the existing India Service Centre (Church office building) and stake center for the Bengaluru India Stake.
At the closing session of the 188th Annual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for seven new temples including the first temple to be constructed in the nation of India. Less then three weeks later, President Nelson stood before a large congregation of Church members in Bengaluru, India, as the fifth stop on his global ministry tour. He said: "Our plans were to announce six new temples at conference time. The Lord told me on the eve of conference: 'Announce a temple in India.'" He emphasized, "That was the Lord's doing." Accompanied by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Nelson toured possible locations for the temple during his time in India.2
Although the first Church missionaries to India arrived in 1851, the first Indian mission—headquartered in Bengaluru—was not organized until 1993. Almost twenty years later, the first stake in India was organized in the city of Hyderabad on May 27, 2012, by President Dallin H. Oaks. There are now approximately 13,500 members in the densely populated nation of India, home to a staggering 1.3 billion people.3 Members are organized into four stakes and three districts.
The Bengaluru India Temple will be the first temple built in India.
- "President M. Russell Ballard Teaches and Inspires on His First Visit to India," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 22 May 2019.
- Sarah Jane Weaver, "In India, the story of the India LDS temple announcement is revealed," Church News 19 Apr. 2018, 2 Oct. 2018 <https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900016345/in-india-the-story-of-the-india-temple-announcement-is-revealed.html>.
- "Seven Temples Announced as April 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 1 Apr. 2018.