Sanatan Mandir Tampa Timings
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunderkand and Hanuman Chalisa: Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Sai Baba Bhajans: Every Thursday 7:00 PM
Daily Aarti: 9:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 8:00 PM
About Sanatan Mandir Tampa:
Sanatan Mandir is located in the historic city of Tampa Heights. This site has a rich and unique history. More than 100 years ago, this historic site was established as a Jewish temple. In 1989, it became a Hindu temple. The two buildings on this site were purchased by the Rattan family and donated for use as a Hindu temple. The largest building of the main temple was later demolished and the smaller of the two buildings is currently used as a temple. Since then, the founding family has bought and donated land immediately to the east, west and south sides of the temple. Sanatan Mandir is unique in its location. To our knowledge, it is the only temple in the United States. UU That’s about a mile from downtown and the mayor’s office. As if destiny meant that our temple was at the center of the city’s activities. Now, the proposal for the first US high speed train station is located less than 1/2 mile from our temple. The Sanatan Mandir is less than a mile from the Main Bus Station and 8 km from Tampa International Airport. More than 25 years of existence in the temple, many things have changed in Tampa, but one of the fundamental aspects has been the same. This sacred place of worship has remained a place of worship for over a century. It was a vision of the founders of Hindu Samaj Inc. and we are committed to keeping it the same for all future generations.
Sanatan Mandir Tampa History:
A short narration of its beginning 25 Years ago.
As the beautiful sunset in Tampa Bay cast it’s pink and purples hues over the western sky, I sat on the edge of my fathers bed as I did most evenings at the end of my workday.It was a special day as Puja , Havan and the festivities performed that morning at our house had gone well.As I reminisced over the old friends who had joined us as well as welcoming the new families who had just moved to Tampa.
Pita ji, my father, asked me casually, why I was late in attending the Havan. I replied ” She was a private patient and I had to deliver her baby & as it was not my call day, I will get paid extra” .After few moments of silence he said “Making money night & day is not the sole purpose of your coming to USA. There is not even a temple in this Tampa town of yours” I proceeded to explain that many like-minded people had thought about building a Temple in Tampa. Dr.ANV Rao from USF had come with us just the other day to look at the W.L. Bigelow Building on Bay Shore Blvd. It will happen soon, I assured him.
“I have been hearing that now for over a year “a touch of sarcasm in his voice.” What is important to a community shows in its Priority”he said.
That day I resolved, I will make Pitaj’ wish a priority. A few days later Henry Purcell a retired US Army Col ,MBA ,realtor,tall ,tough looking gentleman came to see me in my Hyde Park office.He started to talk about purchase of office buildings.
I think this is not what he expected to hear.The perplexed Look on his face , the kind I had seen ,many a time,on the face of white Americans, new to us Indians & Indian culture & religion. “Doc this is South!! Zoning for a temple will be a problem, at least in the City limits”. Before I could even think what he really meant , he was out tthe door .A few weeks later Henry Purcell showed up in my office again.He was insistent . You got to listen to me Doc. You will never get a chance like this.” I have a beautiful three story building with granite pillars & it is a Temple already,and you get the Educational building next to it as a bonus” . Believe me ,it is less than a mile from the Mayors office. It needs some work but you can get Federal grant as this is a historical building.
You Indians should not miss this chance. A few weeks later, I was the new owner of the Jewish Temple, Rodeph Shalom building on 309 E.Palm Ave and their educational building at 311 E Palm Ave. My father,mother, my children, my wife and I did the 1st Pooja with just a picture of our deities, hung on the east wall of the buildings.Sprinkling Ganga Jhal in the premises Pitaji said to my children “This is a Temple, and for us all places of worship are sacred.”
Incorporation papers were filed in December 1988 with four directors, Sh S.R Rattan( Pita ji) Sh Amar Dambla, Sh. Dave Handa and myself, and on Jan 9th,1989 we had a Registered Corporation.Name: United Sates Arya Samaj inc. Thereafter 501 c(3) designation was in place. Later the corporation’s name was changed to , HINDU SAMSJ INC.Soon the building ownership was handed over to Hindu Samaj inc.
There were changes & transfer of management over the years.
Unfortunately without my participation or consent the Rodeph Sholom main building was demolished .But that is an other chapter & a different narration.
The smaller building is now Sanatan Mandir, the property around the building was gradually acquired and is now owned by Hindu Samaj inc.
January 23rd 2014: The City of Tampa granted us Permit to build a new Temple Building .
In last last 25 years Tampa has changed a lot .
One thing has not changed, We are still within less than a mile from the Mayor’s office & the only temple that close to downtown in any major city in USA. Over one hundred years ago this site was a Jewish Temple and for last 25 years a Hindu Temple.There is acceptance to the fact that there is one God but many ways to reach Him & worship Him.A sacred site of worship, remaining sacred.
We have had TampaBay Mayors visit our Temple & support us in our growth plans.I am moved by the immense support from both the Indian community and local Tampa Heights community.
The new Temple building will be 10,600 sq.feet and present building nearly four thousand sq feet, will serve as Community Hall.
Ground breaking for new Temple ,will be held on February 22, 2014. Our Temple President, Sh. Pankaj Patel is leading the project.
As The journey continues, my late father Sh S.R.Rattan’s words are still fresh in my, mind, ” Making money night & day, is not the sole purpose of your(our )coming to USA”. Yes Pita Ji we have a lot more to do and give back to our community ! by Pawan K Rattan, M.D. Chair Board of Trustees.
Rules for Temple and Priest Services:
- Availability of priest depends upon date/time and other factors
- Temple ,Priest or community hall will not be available if Temple has its own events
- In case priest needs transportation for outside temple events, Event organizer needs to arrange it at its own cost.
- Temple can provide limited set of items for usage during events or preparation. Please check with Temple Manager for its availability and charges.
- Temple volunteer can cook food on order. Please check with Temple manager for cost and menu.
- Temple cannot provide volunteers for private events. Organizers needs to arrange personal services for private events.
- Parking space is available for everyone visiting temple. So there is no reserved parking for private events.
Sanatan Mandir Tampa Address:
311 E Palm Ave,
FL 33602, USA
Phone: +1 813-221-4482