Hindu temple of Tristates to start construction in summer in New York’s White Plains
Hindu Temple of Tristates in White Plains (New York), which has been approved by the City Council, plans to begin construction in summer, reports suggest. It has been reportedly conducting monthly prayers, festivals and community events in Royal Palace; an award-winning Indian restaurant which claims to blend "fragrant, pungent, and warm spices from all over India"; which included Hanuman Chalisa, Mata Chowki, Maha Shivratri, etc.
According to reports, construction of this about
15,000-square-foot two-storey temple on the 1.75 acre plot will cost
up to $2 million. Besides a sanctuary for worship, it also plans to
include cultural and community center, day-care center, senior
citizens program, library, conference facility and classrooms; and
besides White Plains, it will also serve Hindus living from adjoining
areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York states. There are about
5,000 Hindu families in Westchester County in which White Plains is
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed,
in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of
temple-project leaders and White Plains and surrounding area
community to realize this Hindu temple complex.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of
Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu
spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so
many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this
temple would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of
running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and
realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation),
which was the goal of Hinduism.
Temple trustees, per its website, include Jethinder
Abbi, Arun Bhagirath, Om Dhiman, Bharti Gupta, Anil Joshi, Suresh
Khanna, Jagdish Mitter, S. Murthy, Narendra Paul, Harry Singh and
Nicknamed "The Birthplace of the State of New
York", affluent White Plains came into being in 1683. Thomas M.
Roach is the Mayor of White Plains, about 25 miles north of
Manhattan, which claims “Suburban Amenities with an Urban Vibe”.
Prominent people associated with it include Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg, Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, boxer Boyd
Melson and actors Dan Duryea and James Whitmore.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of
the world with about one billion adherents. There are about three
million Hindus in USA.