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Community Blasts Act Of Vandalism Reported At Hindu Temple Wilton

A broken window was discovered at the Wilton Hindu Temple on Westport Road.
A broken window was discovered at the Wilton Hindu Temple on Westport Road. Photo Credit: Wilton Hindu Temple/Facebook

WLTON, Conn. — The interfaith religious community is coming to the support of the Wilton Hindu Temple, where an act of apparent vandalism was discovered Monday.

A broken window at the temple at 68 Westport Road in Wilton, near the Norwalk and Westport border, was found Monday by Swami Balgopal, the spiritual leader at the temple.

The window had a value of $1,500.

Rabbi Rachel Bearman of Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown blasted the act of vandalism.

"I have just become aware of the vandalism of Wilton's Hindu Temple," Bearman posted on Facebook. "This kind of behavior is not acceptable. We will stand with our friends in the Hindu community. I have reached out to Swami Balgopal and have asked what TBC can do to help him and his congregation. ... Chazak. Chazak. V'nitchazek. Be strong. Be strong. And, let us strengthen one another."

Hannah Lipman responded with, "Let's stand together."

The Wilton Hindu Temple opened three years ago. its mission is to uphold Dharma, provide a place of worship, celebrate religious functions and promote Hinduism.

Shannon White, pastor at Wilton Presbyterian Church, voiced her support for the temple in a Facebook post.

"Dear Wilton Friends, please keep members of the Hindu Temple/Mandir in your prayers. Their house of worship was apparently vandalized. ... We can't allow this kind of intolerance and intimidation in our town. Wilton Interfaith Clergy and [Wilton Interfaith Action Committee] will respond."

In response to the incident of vandalism at Wilton Hindu Temple, Swami Balgopal invited all who are interested to attend worship at the temple Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Attendees must remove shoes upon entering the temple, according to the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee.

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