Published On: Sun, Apr 20th, 2014 on 2:15 pm

Life of Dr Achhar Paul Dharni honoured at Bradford Hindu Cultural Society

Hindu Cultural Society Bradford

Grandson of Dr Achhar Paul Dharni MBE, Kanav Devesher, views the plaque

Hindu Cultural Society Bradford

(l-r) Mayor of Bradford Cllr Khadim Hussain, Kanav Devesher, Dr Ramindar Singh MBE, and acting chair of the temple Mrs Saroj Joshi

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The life and legacy of the former chairperson of the Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford has been remembered with the unveiling of a special plaque.

A plaque commemorating Dr Achhar Paul Dharni MBE will now reside at the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, located on Leeds Road, as a constant reminder of his contribution to Bradford.

Dr Dharni – who passed away at the age of 72 earlier this year from cancer – received two lifetime achievement awards, and became a Doctor of the University of Bradford in 2009 for his dedication and commitment to the city.

He was a well-known businessman, and was honoured for his contributions to community cohesion and harmony.

His grandson, Kanav Devesher, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The plaque commemorates the work he did for the people of Bradford. He was given an MBE for his work, and he did a lot of work between different faiths in our community too.”

Rajeev Dewedi, executive member at the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, added: “We wanted to commemorate Dr Achhar Paul Dharnis’ memory here to remind the next generation the necessity of community spirit, because it is getting scarce now.

“Dr Achhar Paul Dharni lived his life here in Bradford and was passionate about the community. His legacy needs to go on.”

Mr Dharni guided and led the successful completion of the £4 million temple the plaque will now reside in permanently.

The holy temple – opened by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip in May 2007 – has long served as a place of worship for Bradford’s Hindu community.

It has a day centre open three days a week and attracts people of all faiths and backgrounds.

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