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Ganesh Temple NY - first temple of America


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Genesh Temple New YorkThe first temple in America started off as a small house where daily worship and pujas were conducted by volunteer priests. This house in Queens, New York was part of the property acquired by the Hindu Temple Society of North America, a non-profit organization founded on 26th January 1970. Why New York? Mainly because of the large population of Indians in New York and the adjoining states. Also New York is a major entry point to the U.S.

In 1977 the Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam was built by craftsmen from India using imported materials. It is built in accordance with the agama shastras and 26 yantras were installed by Sri La Sri Padrimalai Swamigal.  The temple celebrated its 30th anniversary in July 2007. The Sudarshana Maha Yagnam was conducted to mark this milestone.

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