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Glenview Approves Plans for Village's First Hindu Temple

Once constructed at 3623 West Lake Ave., the Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center will be the first Hindu temple in Glenview.

A rendering of the proposed temple. From village of Glenview public documents.
A rendering of the proposed temple. From village of Glenview public documents.
Glenview trustees recently approved site plans for a 37,200-square-foot Hindu temple at 3623 West Lake Ave., according to the Chicago Tribune.

Once constructed, the Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center will be the first Hindu temple in Glenview, the Tribune reports

Devotees of the religious institution, which focuses on prayer, nonviolence and service, have met in members' homes over the last three years while they searched for a permanent location, according to city documents.

"In building the temple in Glenview, it is the goal of the Hanuman Temple to create a safe and peaceful place for prayer, meditation and reflection for attendees and members of the public at large for generations to come," the temple's representatives explain in city documents. "Worship and prayer are central tenets of Hinduism, as they cultivate devotion to God and become assets for devotees as they progress in life."

The two-story religious institution will have a parking lot with 143 stalls and is proposed for a 3.9 acre property, according to village documents. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Currently, there are approximately 75 to 100 members of the temple, but as many as 200 people could be expected to attend during special festivals, including Diwali in the fall and Holi in March.

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