If you are interested in religious architecture you shouldn´t miss the "Sri Kamadchi Ampal Tempel" at Hamm/Uentrop.
It´s the biggest South Indian style Hindu temple in Middle Europe and it´has been built and established for the Tamils community in Germany.
Although I arrived just when the service began they told me to come in and watch the ceremonies. You have only to pull off your shoes, no further dress code.
It was impressing, as the interior was as well. As Hindus have a vast number of deities there are many little temples (altars) in the hall, dedorated very ornated and colourful. The main God is Sri Kamadchi Ampal and the biggest altar inside is dedicated to her.
The service was very interesting and very different fom my Christian experiences.
After the service they told me to take part in the common meal in a separate house and this was impressing too: I´m not used to eat with my fingers, while sitting on the floor:-)). All in all it was a very exceptional experience and I would recommend it to everybody who is open minded to other religions and customs. And of course interested in religious artworks.
Opening hours are : 8:00am - 2:00pm and 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Service is at 8:00am, 12:00 and 6:00pm
You can prebook a guided tour or join into a group tour as single person. I have just booked a guided tour next month, this time it wasn´t available.
BTW, the temple is located in the "middle of nowhere" so if you are going there by car you should go to Hamm -Uentrop and ask for the right direction.
If you are going by bus, N°33 is running from the front of the main station every hour. And don´t leave at the stated final stop, it´s two stops later: "Kranstraße".
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