America is a country proud of its cultural diversity and among them lies many Hindus. India, being the second largest populated country and America having many Indian migrants. There were 2.69 million Hindu citizens in America according to the national poll statistics from 2008 and According to the research done by the Pew Research Institute in 2016, the number reduced to 2.1 million, but this figure still represents 0.4% of the entire American population.
Hence, it is even more likely that there are many Hindu temples in America (USA). There are 254 Hindu temples in America in 37 states.
Here is the list of 10 most popular Hindu Temples in America.
1. Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, New York
The first Hindu temple to have been established in America was Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, also known as the Ganesh Temple. Situated in New York, its construction was started in 1970 and was completed in 1977. However, it was opened, in 1970 itself so that it could host traditional and religious events. It is considered one of the most famous Hindu temples in America.
2. The Shiva Vishnu Temple, Florida
With the help of 12 architects from Mahabalipuram, the Shiva Vishnu Temple’s construction began in the year 1999. Dr. Ganapati Sthapati, an architect from Chennai gave guidelines for the construction of this Dravidian style temple and is a south Indian style temple situated in Broward County, South Florida. The temple spreads across a vast area of 6200 Sq. Feet.
3. Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) temple, Illinois
As a representation of Vishnu Sri Venkateswara, the temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It is one of the oldest Hindu temples in America. The temple is located at 1145, West Sullivan Rd, Aurora. It is constructed on a land of 20 acres, which was donated by Indian American families. Lord Balaji, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiv & Goddess Parvathi are also the other deities present in this temple. Mutaiaistapathy, a famous specialist on Hindu temples worked with an architect from Chicago, Subash Nadkarni for several months for the construction of this beautiful shrine.
4. Sri Lakshmi Temple, Ashland
Sri Lakshmi Temple lies in Ashland was built with the guidance of Muthiah Sthapathi. Built in the 1980’s, the construction took two years and spreads over an area of 12 acres. The temple rises at a height of 50 feet from the ground. Various daily pujas, festivals, shloka classes, culture/Indian-languages classes are conducted by the temple authorities. The temple includes deities of Sri Maha Ganapati, Sri Mahalakshmi, Sri Venkateswara, SriNataraja, Sri Subrahmanya, Sri Hariharaputra, Garuda and Navagraha.
5. Malibu Hindu Temple, California
Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, Malibu Hindu Temple is located in the city of Calabasas in California. Built in the year 1981, it is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. The construction of the shrine is inspired by traditional south Indian style.
6. Hindu Temple, Atlanta
Built in the early 80`s at Atlanta, Georgia, this temple is a true beauty. The temple with white marvel stands as an epitome of traditional Indian architecture and is a pleasure even for the eyes. Followers of Ganesha, Hanuman, Durga, Nagendra and Bhairava worship in this temple. It is a great culmination point of 2 temples – Shiva and Balaji. There are two main idols of Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Ramalingeshwara present here.
7. Shiva Vishnu Temple, California
People from all across the country travel to be mesmerized by its big size and captivating beauty of the huge red and white temple. All the known and celebrated deities are housed in the temple for the worship of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Hindu Community and Cultural Centre organizes classes for conveying religious and cultural education to the future generation at the venue.
8. Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh, PA
Ones staying near Pittsburg, should not miss out on this huge and amazing temple which is a beauty in itself. Sri Venkateswara Temple symbolizes similar architectural patterns as that of the South Indian Tirupati Temple. This sacred temple was built in 1975, was one of the most primitive temples built in the USA. The temple houses Lord Ganesh, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva with the main deity Lord Venkateswara. It is also famous for its “Golden Chariot”.
9. Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Washington DC
The place is a pure space with blessings pouring in from all sides is Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple. It is a creative fusion of Pallava, Vijayanagara, Kerala, South Canara and Mayan temple architectural styles. Many Gods and Goddesses are worshipped in the temple, which embraces Rama, Ganesh, Krishna, Parvathi, and Vishnu with Lord Shiva as the main deities.
10. The Akshardham Temple, New Jersey
Finally, this list cannot be completed without one of the most recent yet a famous Hindu temple in America, The Akshardham Temple in New Jersey. The temple is situated at Robbinsville, New Jersey. With the height of 42 feet, width 87 feet, and length 133 feet, it one of the biggest Hindu temples not only in America but the whole world. It is now open to the public after its construction finished in 2017.