When people have money, they spend it in different ways: someone buys "factories - newspapers - ships", someone goes to travel the world, and someone does charity work. The soloists of the "Buranovskie Babushki" collective decided to build a church in their native village with the money they earned in the field of show business. And they succeeded in this good undertaking.
The other day over the Udmurt village of Buranovo, bells rang out - the first divine service took place in the Church of the Holy Trinity, built at the expense of the soloists of the famous creative team "Buranovskie Babushki". The "grandmothers" themselves at the opening of the temple said that at one time it was the idea of building the temple that pushed them to enter the big stage. In 2011, this creative team represented Russia at the international Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku and took second place.
It is worth noting that the temple in Buranovo did not appear from scratch. The first was built back in 1865, but was demolished in the 1930s. Already in the 1990s, a prayer house was opened in the village. In 2010, at the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the village of Buranovo, "Buranovskie Babushki" came up with an initiative to revive the temple.
Since that time, the members of the ensemble sent all their fees to the temple. And the contribution of creative grandmothers was not limited only to money.
They themselves took an active part in the construction, cleaned up the territory, planted flowers and brought icons from the house to the opening of the church - both their own and those that were presented to them. In total, the artist invested about 16 million rubles in the construction of the temple. The fence has yet to be installed and the improvement completed.
Not only residents of Buranovo gathered for the first service, people from all over the area came. Prayers in the new church sounded in two languages at once - in Russian and Udmurt. And so, Father Mikhail Martkanov assured, he will always be here.
Today, not only new churches appear, but also new icons. So, in many Orthodox churches in recent decades, there have appeared icons dedicated to the events in Chernobyl.