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Hanuman Chalisha Parayana on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm & Saturdays at 11:30 am | Shiva Abhishekam on Mondays, Nava Graha Abhishekam on Saturdays | Purna Vidya classes for children & young adults (4 - 16 years old) on every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, (Mrs. Kamala and Mrs. Vanita will conduct) |

WHERE WE BUILD

The temple purchased an old residential house at 1318 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York 10301 in June 2001. Congregation of devotees on Friday evenings continued at the United Dongan Hill/ South Avenue Community hall uninterruptedly. The house at Victory Boulevard was demolished and a new building was constructed. Bhumi puja for this new building was held on March 26, 2004. It took two years to complete the construction and receive the Certificate of Occupancy. The inaugural Puja for the new building was performed on March 25, 2006.

SANCTUM

"All Sanctum Sanctorum for the main and sub-deities have now been completed. The presiding deities are Sri Ram Parivar and the sub-deities are Sri Ganapathi, Sri Siva, Sri Durga/Parvathi, Sri Karthikeya, Sri Hanuman, Sri Radhakrishna, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Saraswathi, Sri Ayyappa, Sri Mahavira, Navagrahas and Shiva Linga. Ram Parivar made of white marble was donated to the temple by Shri Gulab Kothari, Editor and Managing Director of Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur. Prana Pratishta of the Navagrahas and the Siva Linga has been completed."

HOW WE BUILD

The Hindu families residing in Staten Island organized together under the banner of Staten Island Hindu Temple for the purpose of building a temple in the Island for the first time in 1997. The temple was registered by the State of New York as of December 22, 1997 as a not-for-profit organization to foster Hindu religious traditions and ideals in the community. The bylaws of the temple were adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 28, 1998. Devotees started assembling on Friday evening every week for prayer in a rented hall.

UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th TO THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th - DEVI NAVARATRI CELEBRATIONS

  • Tuesday, Oct 2nd

    7:00 pm Sri Rām Amrutvāni, Ekadashi

  • Friday, Oct 5th

    7:00pm Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam, Ekādaši

    7:30pm to 8:30pm Sri Mahāvir Bhajans

  • Saturday, Oct 13th

    10:00am Akanda Rāmāyana Pārāyanam Begins

    8:00pm Ras Garba

  • Sunday, Oct 14th

    9:00am Akanda Rāmāyana Pārāyanam Ends

    Saraswati Pooja, Saraswati Aavāhanam

    4:00pm Mata-Ki-Chowki

  • Tuesday, Oct 16th

    7:15pm Sri Durga & Saraswati Abhishekam, Durgāshtami

    8:15pm Kanya Pooja

  • Wednesday, Oct 17th

    7:15pm Lakshmi & Saraswati Abhishekam, Maha Navami

  • Thursday, Oct 18th

    7:15pm Sri Durga, Lakshmi & Saraswati Abhishekam

    8:15pm Vidyārambham by Children, Vijaya Dašami

  • Saturday, Oct 20th

    6:00 pm-9:00pm Sri Ayyappa Abhishekam, Bhajans, Archana & Ārati

  • Sunday, Oct 21st

    9:00am Chandi Homam

  • Tuesday, Oc 23rd

    7:00 pm Sri Satyanārayana Pooja, Tula Poornima

  • Friday, Oct 26th

    7:00pm Sri Durga Abhishekam followed by Bhajans by Kẽrtan Group

  • Saturday, Oct 27th

    11:00 am Sri Ganapti & Rama Abhishekam, Sankašta Hara Chaturthi

    4:00pm Durga pooja, Karvāchowth

DEITIES

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Lord Ayyappa

Ayyappan (also called Sastavu , Manikandan or Sasta) is a Hindu deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Dharma Sasta, the offspring of Shiva and Vishnu (in the form of Mohini, his only female avatar)

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LORD RAMA

Rama is the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, and a king of Ayodhya. Rama is also the protagonist of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which narrates his supremacy. Rama is one of the many popular figures and deities in Hinduism, specifically Vaishnavism and Vaishnava religious scriptures in South and Southeast Asia.

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Goddess Durga

Durga is the original manifested form of Mother Parvati or Adi-Parashakti. Durga is Adi-Parashakti herself. The Devi Gita, declares her to be the greatest Goddess.

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Goddess Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning.She is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to create, maintain and regenerate-recycle the Universe respectively.

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God ShivaParvathi

Shiva, also known as Mahadeva ("Great God"), is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.

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God Ganesh

Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations.

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God Hanuman

Hanuman is a Hindu god and an ardent devotee of Rama. He is a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana and its various versions. He also finds mentions in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts.

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Goddess Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife and active energy of Vishnu.

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ShivaLingam

The lingam (also linga, ling, Shiva linga, Shiv ling)is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples. In traditional Indian society, the linga is rather seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of God, Shiva himself.

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God Subramanyaswami

Subramaniyan is the Hindu god of war. He is the commander-in-chief of the army of the devas (gods) and the son of Shiva and Parvati.Murugan is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island.

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God Venkateshwara

Venkateswara also known as Srinivasa, Balaji, Venkata, and Venkatacalapati, is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Nava Grahas

Navagrahas are deities in Hindu belief, and Hindu astrology. There are nine Navagraha. They include the Sun; the Moon; the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn; and the ascending and descending lunar nodes, respectively known as Rahu and Ketu.

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Mahavir

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Lord Mahavir is believed to be the founder of Jainism which is rooted in the principles of non-violence, truthfulness, nonattachment, chastity and non-stealing as the sure way to escape samsara (the cycle of birth and death). He was born in the year 599 B.C. as the son of a king with all the comforts of life.

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The Evolution of Staten Island Hindu Temple, Inc, Shree Ram Mandir

Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of the New York City, famous for more than 170 parks and known as “Greenest Borough” is an ideal place for contemplation. The proximity of the Island to other boroughs of New York City as well as State of New Jersey make it all the more suitable for immigrants from all over to call it home. During the 1970 to 1980 the population of Hindus grew at a faster pace on the island, and continue to grow. To fulfill their spiritual needs, Hindus congregated in various family rooms to participate in prayers, spiritual discourses by visiting scholars. To follow the age-old tradition of worship (Iswar Puja), listening (sravana), faith (aastha), and japa (chanting of Vedic hymns), necessity of building a place of Hindu worship became evident.

An organization namely, Staten Island Hindu Temple, Inc was registered with the State of New York in 1997. There was a consensus to name the temple after ​Shree R​ama. This led to the purchase of property at 1318 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, in June 2001 with the intent to build the temple by replacing the existing structure. The congregation of Hindus consecrated the new temple structure with Hindu religious invocations (bhoomi puja) by priests in 2004. Construction of the temple began making the dream a reality. Construction was completed in 2006. Inauguration of the temple premises, the house of God (Devalaya) took place with worship according to Hindu rituals of temple entry (devalaya pravesana) thereafter. Various Hindu deities were included inside the temple premises as per the wishes of different denominations of the Hindus with different cultures and traditions thereby reflecting a harmonious and peaceful confluence of all traditions of devotees.

The marble and granite deities from India were located as per the temple architect. Prana Pratishta (consecration of idols) for ​ Lord ​ Ganesha, Ram Parivar and Venkateswara was performed in August 2007, followed by Ayyappa in November 2007, and then Siva-Parvati, Durga ​Devi ​, Lakshmi Devi, Saraswati Devi, Radha-Krishna, Subramanya and Hanuman in 2008. A Jain priest performed Prana Pratista for Mahavir in 2009. Finally ​, ​in 2010 Prana Pratishta Mahotsavam was performed for Siva Linga along with Navagrahas on a grand scale. Construction was ​thus ​ completed and the ​dream ​of the devotees fulfilled. ​The ​ temple is serving all the spiritual needs of the Asian Indian American Community for generations to come.

The Community hall annex is a vital part of the temple to facilitate music, dance and language classes. Purna Vidya classes are held every Sunday. Temple also participates in Community Days and Interfaith activities including organizing health seminars, collecting and distributing clothes and canned food ​to the needy​. Various cultural events take place in the community hall on a ​regular basis.

Dear Devotees,

Greetings from our great Temple for a happy, healthy and blessed 2018!

As your Chairman I would like to thank all the temple devotees for their continued support and participation in all of the functions we conduct throughout the year.

We have been celebrating all the Hindu festivals, and not a single month passes without a festival being included. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I thank you all for a good year, and hope you will continue the same in the future. The many volunteers whose selfless service keeps the Temple going the way it does cannot be appreciated enough.

As usual the year started with Maha Ganapati pooja and Sarva Devata Homam in the morning and Mata ki chowki in the evening. Also we had Sri Ayyappa Irumudi pooja and Pongal celebrations. In the month of February we had Vasantha Panchami, Thaioosam and Maha Sivarathri Pooja concluding with Siva Parvathi kalyanam.The Temple was open all night long for Sivarathri. Chandramana Yugadi and Holi celebrations were the highlights of March. April events included Sri Rama Navami, Tamil New Year, Vishu celebrations, Mahavir Jayanti, and Hanuman Jayanti. In the month of May, Satya Narayana Kalyanam, Mata-ki-chow, Bollywood type karioke music and Health Seminar were the highlights. Sri Venkateshwara Brahmotsavam was celebrated for 10 days and concluded with Srinivasa kalyanam in the month of June . On June 26th Aadi Puram was celebrated for the first time. There was a 3 day event of Maha Rudram/Mrityunjaya Homam, Nalloor Kanthan Utsavam and Adhyatma Ramayana Parayanam in the month of July. Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chathurthi, Vara Lakshmi Vratam and Prana Pratishta Anniversary of the Temple were the highlights of August. A special silver Ganesha kavacham was donated by a devotee for the event. Swami Pratyagbodhanadaji gave a discourse in connection with the anniversary. In the month of September, Navarathri celebrations, Mata-ki-chowki and Akhanda Raman Parayan awere celebrated. In the month of October, we had Chandi Homam,Onam Celebrations, Deepavali and 6 day Skanda Shashti Utsavam. In the month of November, special Sri Lord Shiva Abhishekam was scheduled on every Monday (Karthikai Soma Varam), and Sri Ayyappa Mandala Vrtam started on Nov.16. As part of ongoing Interfaith activities, the Temple sponsored a table of 10 for the Project Hospitality Poor People's Dinner at the Hilton with enthusiastic participation. Temple hosted Building Bridges Thanksgiving dinner on Nov.19th. December activities included Hanuman Jayanti and Vaikunta Ekadashi. The Temple was open till midnight on Dec.31st. Devotees may sponsor annually for Sri Satyanarayana pooja on pournami days, Sri Ayyappa pooja every third Saturday evening, and Pradosha pooja. Sponsorship forms are available in the Temple.

There are on going children’s religion classes (Purna Vidya) every Sunday evening, music and Bhajan classes on Friday evenings and dance classes on Saturdays. You may contact the Temple for more information regarding these.

I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe year 2018. This great Temple of ours depends on you continued support and generous contributions . With blessings from Lord Rama.

Sincerely,
Dr Krishne Urs
Chairman