The Apple Tree Centre, in
Ifield Avenue, Ifield, which is home to
the Gurjar Hindu Union, is now able to host civil ceremonies as it was granted
marriage license. The temple authorities have opened the temple to all people
regardless of race, religion or sexuality. This means couples can legally
register their marriage, exchange their religious vows and hold their reception
under one roof in the temple.
Trustee Bharat Lukka is encouraging all sections of the community to consider having their big day at the temple.
He said: "Times have changed and we need to change with it. We need to respect everyone.
"Hindus are generally laid back about religion and everyone in our community has been supportive of the idea. We are quite lucky to have a young community in
Crawleyso they are quite relaxed about issues and understanding.
"We hold Indian weddings there now but we have wanted to open it up to all religions and sections of the community for some time.
"Now anyone can come along to the centre to have their wedding. Perhaps people might assume that the centre is just for Hindus and we want people to know it is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion or sexuality.