LEICESTER, ENGLAND, March 30, 2013 (This Is Leicestershire): Up to 7,000 people are expected at the opening of a temple in the city centre today. The Shri Shirdi Sai Baba temple, at the grade II-listed Guild of Disabled building, in Colton Street, Leicester, is the second of its kind in the UK and follows the teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi, a Hindu guru who lived from 1835 to 1914.
Worshippers from the organisation's temple in Wembley, London, have been preparing for the big day and expect many people from other Hindu temples around the Midlands to attend.
A temple management spokesman said: "Our organisation began in London in 2010 and this is our first venture in spreading Baba's message around the UK. "The message is about treating everyone politely and humbly, helping the needy and having trust and patience.
"Part of our work will be sharing food with the poor and the hungry in Leicester. We have a kitchen here and people coming to the temple will also bring food to share. "Word will spread fast."
The Guild of Disabled building, completed in 1909, is believed to have been the first building in Britain, and possibly the world, to be designed to be wheelchair-friendly.