Toledo Hindu Temple Hours:
Weekdays: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Weekends: 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM
Toledo Hindu Temple will be closed on Friday.
About Toledo Hindu Temple:
The Hindu temple of Toledo was organized and formed in 1982 and a permanent temple was built in August 1989.
The temple has become the center of religious, spiritual and social activities for the Hindu community of Toledo and other cities within a radius of about 50 miles. It meets the very important needs of his community.
We have about 400 families in these areas and about 300 Indian students who attend the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University who follow the Hindu religion.
The temple is open to all, every day, to attend the service and prayers of the priest. Every Sunday, the temple has about three hours of religious programs including rituals, worship, prayers, sermons, speeches, etc. The program ends with a community lunche at the temple.
There are several important religious holy days. The temple celebrates these religious and festive days during the year. These days include Diwali, Navaratri, the birthday of the saints, a two-day celebration of the festival of India and other functions. Participation in some of these functions is very important, from 350 to 400 people.
The temple is also very active in the community. The temple places its premises at the disposal of the Red Cross and the Interreligious Association for an annual blood donation campaign; the temple organizes classes for children and sometimes for adults to teach scripture and Hindu heritage; the temple is available for weddings and other ceremonies for members of the community; The temple also invites many spiritual leaders and scholars to deliver speeches.
Guidelines for Puja Coordinators
Thank you for agreeing to coordinate the Puja. To make your work easier, we are providing the following guidelines:
Call people who are likely to sponsor the Puja. Check with Panditji if people have contacted him directly or have sponsored the Puja in the past.
Communicate with Panditji and sponsors to establish:
1) Religious requirements (idols, samagri, etc.)
2) Number of sponsors.
On the day of the event
a) Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to start of the Puja.
b) Assist Panditji in completing preparations for the Puja.
c) Collect Puja Sponsorship Donations.
Place checks, cash or credit card receipts in an envelope.
1) Write Puja Name, Puja Date and Your Name and Phone Number on the envelope.
2) After all sponsor donations have been collected, give envelope to any of the Treasurers.
c) Help reset Temple to “Normal” state.
Give names of sponsors to President for recognition announceme.
Toledo Hindu Temple Panditji’s Schedule:
Toledo Hindu Temple Volunteers – Sunday Lunch:
Guidelines for Lunch Coordinators:
Thank you for agreeing to be a Lunch Coordinator. To make your work easier, we are providing the following
Normally a cleaning person will come at 10 am. They will do the cleaning of public areas, layout of tables, and clean the cooking utensils after the event. Lunch is usually served at 12:30 pm. Paper products and other supplies are available in the store room. If it is locked, keys are with Panditji.
Call on people who may be interested in sponsoring lunch.
1) Determine whether they wish to cook in Temple or bring cooked food from outside.
2) If they plan to cook in the Temple, when do they want to do it? The Temple may be locked at that time!
3) There are refrigerators and freezers in the Temple. They can be used to store cooked food until it is time to serve.
On the day of the event:
1) If food was stored in the refrigerator, start heating the food about 2 hours prior to serving time. Warm food in the ovens. 2) The food warmer keeps food warm. It is not suitable for warming food directly form the refrigerator or freezer.
3) After all the food has been taken out of the refrigerator and freezer, switch it off.
4) Assess the number of devotees present in the temple and ensure that sufficient supplies are taken out of the storeroom.
5) Ensure that a sufficient number of tables are laid out based upon the expected number of devotees and menu.
6) Ensure that all public areas are clean and bring any problems to the President’s attention.
7) Assist in collecting lunch donations from devotees – $3 for members and $5 for non members.
8) Place lunch collections in an envelope and write the date and “Lunch” on the envelope and give it to one of the Treasurers.
9) After lunch, assist sponsors in clean-up.
10) Ensure that no food (cooked or uncooked) is left in the temple.
11) Ensure that all kitchen equipments are turned off. Normally, the refrigerators should be empty, so switch off the refrigerators.