Community Members Come Together to Paint Hindu Temple Vandalized By Hate Messages in Kentucky

Community members of all faiths in Louisville, Kentucky, joined hands to “paint away the hate” at a vandalized Swaminarayan Temple and showed support for the Hindu community.

The incident occurred after the service on January 27, when a 17-year-old boy spray-painted “messages of hate” across the walls of the Swaminarayan Temple on Bardstown Road, Mayor Greg Fischer said, according to WLKY.


However, the vandalism wasn’t discovered until Tuesday morning when a repairman arrived.

More than 100 people gathered at the temple on Saturday to spread a message of love.

What you saw here today was a lot of strength,” Rep. Nima Kulkarni said. “You saw a lot of compassion, and you saw a lot of community feeling and support.”

People of all religions, including Christians, Muslims and Hindus, worked together to paint over the vandalism. People wrote messages of love to those who attend the temple.

I think an event like this can be good because it shows people of different faith and people of no faith can still respect one another,” Ben Johnson, an attendee, said. “(I) can still respect your right to believe what you want to believe. I don’t have to agree with it, and we need to have more open, honest dialogue.”


The teenage culprit is being charged with first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary.

Featured Image Screenshot via YouTube / LEX18 News

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: