Aviophobia? Divine help soon at Delhi airport

May 26th, 2009 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) For those suffering from aviophobia, the fear of flying, divine help will be at hand soon with a grand temple with south Indian architecture coming up just outside the airport here.
The choice of deity, too, for this unique initiative by an airport developer is apt - the temple is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, also called Pavanaputra, the son of the wind god. It is coming up along the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

“We started constructing this temple in August last year. It will be open for public in two-three months,” said Arun Arora, spokesperson for Delhi’s airport development firm, which has been promoted by GMR, a Hyderabad-based infrastructure company.

“But the temple is not being built inside the airport. It is a part of the commercial area in the airport’s vicinity. It will be accessible to anyone,” Arora told IANS.

Airport officials said the airport complex has several more places of worship, including a mazar and a temple, that have been in existence for decades.

Many airports, especially in the Gulf and some Southeast Asian nations, have prayer halls facing Mecca in Saudi Arabia to facilitate Muslims. But an airport developer building a temple is, perhaps, a unique initiative.

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