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Hindu temple holds prayer service despite vandalism

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Hindu temple is a peaceful place, but on Monday one look at the broken locks and shattered windows left its attendees shocked.

"They damaged all the groceries. You name it, it is on the floor," said Boamattie Ragubar.

As members of the temple walked inside they saw a floor covered with flour, groceries thrown all over the kitchen and thousands of dollars of sound equipment smeared in ketchup.

Ragubar explained, "Our most expensive equipment is the music system and they definitely damaged that."

"I'm so sad, I have no words," said Ravi Ishmael the president of the temple.

It's the third time vandals have ruined property at this temple, but this time whoever did it left a sexually explicit message written on the main stage with flour.

Ragubar said they called the police around noon, but it took hours before the first officer showed up to the scene.

"I am worried about the service we are having tonight," said Ishmael.

The Schenectady police did arrive on the scene shortly after NEWS10 called about the vandalism. Police say they had a high call volume Monday.

The prayer service for Navrarti, a Hindu festival celebrating nine divine nights went on as scheduled Monday evening.

Volunteers at the temple say they had to borrow sound equipment and use old equipment to continue on with the service.

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