The Shrine was made in the Nineteenth Century. It depicts the Hindu gods in bronze and alabaster. The Shrine was dressed by local Hindu women and elders with a blessing ceremony. It is colourful and instantly eye-catching to passers by and sits in the middle room of the World Art Gallery.
Hinduism is demographically the third largest religion worldwide, with an estimated 40,000 followers in Britain alone.
To me, the Hindu Shrine is not only an aesthetically pleasing artefact; it is also a reminder of how faith can bring people together, unite and engage people with the traditions and beliefs of others.
Vicki Tambling, Local Global volunteer