Russia allocates land for construction of Krishna temple

Moscow, Russia - Russian authorities have allocated land for the construction of a Krishna temple in the northern suburb of the capital amid strong demands for it by the Hindu community for many years.

"Last week Moscow's acting mayor Vladimir Resin has signed the government decision to allocate the plot of land measuring 2 hectares on the Novoskhdnenskoye Highway in village Vereskino to Moscow Society of Krishna Conscious (MOSKCON) for building the temple," an unnamed City Hall source was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Under the government resolution the MOSKON is to finalise the project and obtain permission for building the Krishna temple in 2011.

Followers of Lord Krishna and growing Hindu community for many years had been seeking the plot for building a temple and a plot already allocated was taken away due to protest by the Orthodox Christian Church, which objected to the plans to build a Krishna temple higher than the Kremlin churches.