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May 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM

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Hindu Temple and Cultural Center opens in Bothell


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Milk is poured on the main deity, Prasanna Venkateshwara, carved from black granite in India, before installation at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Bothell. The main priest, Satyanarayana Acharyulu Narayana, left, leads the purification ceremony.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hindu priests, including one checking his iPhone, hold a curtain to screen out the viewing of certain prayers and preparations before the weekend ceremony at the Hindu temple.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Worshippers watch the ceremony unfold. The temple estimated thousands attended the three-day event.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The brass finial is brought by rope to the top of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center in Bothell. It will be the highest point of the structure located over the main deity inside.

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