Hindu Temple Society of North America Hours:
Weekdays: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Weekends: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Hindu Temple Society of North America History:
The Hindu Society of the North American Temple (“Society”), a non-profit religious institution, was incorporated on January 26, 1970 under the laws of the State of New York. Shortly thereafter, the Society acquired from a Russian Orthodox Church that was not operating, a site in which the current Temple is located. It is in a small frame house that the daily rituals and weekend services were conducted by volunteer priests, until the current structure, designed in accordance with the Agama Sastras (ancient writings related to the construction of the temple), be finished early. of 1977, and the Temple consecrated the 4 of July of the same year, coinciding with the Independence Day of the United States. His Holiness Sri Sri Pandrimalai Swamigal, a great siddha of Madras, prepared twenty-six yantras for the temple and made poojas for five years before these blessed yantras were installed on July 4, 1977.
From this humble beginning, the Temple progressed leaving its mark and gaining recognition for its achievements and contributions to the Community. These changes were intended to meet the needs of the growing number of devotees of Lord Ganesa, the devotees presiding over the Temple. The temple, traditionally known as Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, has established a complex of Hindu religious and cultural centers in Bowne Street. This street is named after John Bowne, a prominent American who fought for religious freedom and the anti-slavery movement. It was the first authentic Hindu temple in North America built with traditional granite stones imported from India; and it is also one of the most historically and architecturally important temples in the West. The Temple has recently grown, more than doubled in size.
The logo of the Society is a light surrounded by badges of different religions with OM at the top. It means the universality, the catholicity and the spirit of tolerance of Hinduism. While emphasizing the supremacy of the Absolute and deifying some of the major aspects represented by the major divinities, the Center emphasizes the totality and fundamental unity at the center of all religion. Hinduism has no place for the Crusades.
The Hindu Temple Society of North America now has more than twenty thousand devotees on its mailing list. On top of that, there are thousands of other devotees who are not necessarily on the mailing list who benefit from the religious and cultural activities of the Temple, and to whom generous contributions are made. The Society intends to offer formal instructions in matters of religion, philosophy, culture and art to its faithful and their families. Temple fundraising activities include the organization of lice sponsorships (services), cultural events, fundraising dinners, sponsorship of gold coins and other projects.
Hindu Temple Society of North America Neighborhood and Community:
The Hindu Temple is located in the heart of Flushing, part of Queens County. Although Queens is, politically speaking, one of the five boroughs of New York, it is geographically part of Long Island and, therefore, is largely a residential area. The temple is easily accessible both in private and public transport. Within walking distance of the Temple are two branches of the New York Public Library, Queens Botanical Garden, Kissena Park and Flushing Meadow Park, and the main post office. The Flushing Council of Culture and the Arts is very close to the Temple, while the Queens Museum is a short drive or metro ride.
It is a place of worship. Proper attire is required. Please, for men and women. NO shorts or skirts (above the knee) and / or broken jeans. We will provide a dhoti / clothing to wear at a cost of $ 5.00. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Hindu Temple Society of North America Deities:
Pradhana (moolavar) Devatas:
Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati
Sri Kamakshi & Maha meru
Sri Shanmukha & Valli, Devasena
Sri Maha Lakshmi
Sri Siddhi-Buddhi Sameta Sri Maha Ganapati (utsavar)
Sri Maha Lakshmi (utsavar)
Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana & Hanuman
Sri Krishna & Radha
Sri Devi Khodiyar Mata
Sri Agastiyar & Lopa Mudra
Sri Chandrasekaraswamy / Anandavalli (utsavar)
Sri Atma linga
Sri Valli Devasena Sameta Subramanya (utsavar), Arunagirinathar
Sri Nataraja, Sivakami & Manikkavachakar
Sri Swarna Bhairavar
Sri Kamakshi (utsavar) & Ankusam – Astradevas
Sri Sudarsana & Narasimha
Sri Satyanarayana & Rama Devi
Sri Hanuman (utsavar)
Sri Dhanvantari & Sri Garuda
Sri Venkateswara, Sridevi & Bhudevi (utsavar)
Sri Raghavendra & Prahalada Raja
Around Siva Sannidhi: Dakshinamoorthy, Lingodbhava, Brahma
Around Shanmukha Sannidhi: Subrahmanya, Dandayuthapani, Guha
Around Venkateswara Sannidhi: Vishnu, Vasudeva, Narasimha
Around Maha lakshmi Sannidhi: Maha Lakshmi on all three Koshtas
Around Ganesa Sannidhi:(3)forms of Ganesa – Dakshina, Paschima, uttara
Hindu Temple Society of North America Parking:
Temple’s limited parking is located behind the temple on Smart Street, just across from the community center and is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Street parking is available in all streets around the temple.
Devotees can also park their car one block away at CENTRAL PARKING SYSTEM, next to Flushing Hospital on 45th Avenue. (Entrance via Burling Street.) The cost of parking at this location is $ 5 per car if the check is validated by the Temple Counter or the Community Center office.
Hindu Temple Society of North America Address:
45-57 Bowne Street,
Phone: (718) 460-8484 Ext 112
Fax: (718) 461-8055