An interfaith memorial service has been held for the founder of Huddersfield’s first Hindu temple, Guru Datt Bali, who died last month.
Mr Bali, 72, of Fartown, moved to Huddersfield from India in 1963, setting up the town’s first Hindu temple at Westgate, in the early 1970s.
The temple shortly moved to its current location on Zetland Street.
The interfaith memorial service was held at the Sikh Temple at Prospect Street, Huddersfield, where people of all ages and backgrounds recited prayers of peace for Mr Bali’s soul.
Sikh community leader Jaswant Singh Randhawa said: “Members of all faiths and backgrounds united to commemorate and pay tribute to an inspirational being ‘Guru Datt Bali’ who upheld the values of secularism in all its glory.
“He served all the community with equal passion and vigour throughout his life with no desire to reap any reward. We celebrated the solid interfaith foundations that were laid by Mr Bali and their flourishing into authentic friendships. The whole community is reeling from this huge loss.”
Mr Bali, who died at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on October 30, led Kirklees Council’s advice centre for 15 years helping the town’s growing Asian community before retiring, aged 60.