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Broome Street Ganesha Temple, New York, NY

Location :
430 Broome St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY


Temple History

The Broome Street Ganesh Temple was established in 2001, under the guidance and with the blessings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India.
The ceremony was performed fourteen days after the tragic events of September 11th, and was commenced with a public Vedic prayer service for those who perished, and for those deeply affected by loss. It was an important and powerful time for a traumatized lower Manhattan to gather together in prayer, and to begin building a spiritual base amidst the smoke and sadness that hung over the streets of New York.
It was, to our knowledge, the first Ganesha temple in Manhattan consecrated in accordance with Vedic rituals.
During the ensuing years, the installation of Bhakta Anjaneya (Hanuman) was performed, followed by the installations of the Siva Linga and the Durga Cave Temple.
We are forever grateful to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Purohits Ramachandra Athreiya, Rami Ramanujacharya, Ganesha Bhat, Prakash Bhat and Bhairava Murti for performing the consecrations of the deities in the temple.
These beautiful temples provide both seekers and devotees the unique opportunity to exit the frenetic energy of Manhattan and enter a tranquil and beautiful space, wherein one can feel peace, calm and a connection to the timeless culture of India’s spiritual traditions.

Temple Mission

The Broome Street Ganesha Temple is a place for both personal and communal transformation. It serves as a link in the continuance of vital ancient traditions that are healing and devotional in nature.
It is our goal to engage in the following endeavors: to preserve traditional lineages, and to encourage knowledge, devotion and charity in ourselves, as well as fellow human beings.
We hope to accomplish these goals through the following three activities:
  • Worship
    worship is a devotional and meditative service to the deity that encourages a state of love, surrender and communion with the divine. Daily services are performed in a traditional manner in accordance with the Smarta and Gaudiya lineages. Additionally, other festivals are held in observance of certain key Hindu Holidays.
  • Charity
    In the ancient texts charity is praised as being both helpful to those in need, and purifying and necessary for the benefactor. The temple will partner with local charitable organizations to help support the mission of feeding the hungry and housing the homeless.
  • Education
    The activities of the temple are rooted in the literature of India’s ancient texts, the instructions of which are revered to be a manifestation of the divine. Contemplating the teachings of texts such as the Vedas, The Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas is a joyful way to gain direction, purification, and inspiration.
At the Broome Street Ganesha Temple we take joy in maintaining and sharing the traditional practices of our lineages. The devotion that has manifested in the temple has created a unique and spiritually resonant space for those seeking refuge from our busy and crowded world. It serves as an ideal setting for satsang, a central idea in Hindu thought — keeping the company of like-minded people for the purpose of elevating the mind and spirit. Being among such people, we gain courage, enthusiasm, happiness, and surrender.

Temple hours

  • Siva Abhisheka
    Monday, 6—7:30pm
  • Lunch time darshan and silent meditation
    Monday to Friday, 12noon—2:00pm
  • Ganapati Abhisheka
    Friday, 6—7:30pm

Special programs

  • Monthly Bhajan Class
    First Sunday of each month, 11:45—12:45pm
  • Monthly Friday Night Kirtan
    First Friday of each month, 7:30—9pm

Services and sponsorship

Throughout the year, the daily and weekly services performed at the temple are free of charge, and are performed as service to the devotee, and to please the Lord. However, some devotees have requested that we give suggested donations that would be helpful to the temple for its daily upkeep.
Each of the below offerings are traditional in Hindu temples, and represent different ways of offering praise, surrender and devotion to the Lord. It is said that through devotional service a purifying effect is enacted upon one’s individual consciousness, which gives rise to a feeling of inner peace, gratitude and clarity to the devotee. As well, the collective prayer and individual sponsorship of the different types of worship contribute to the charging of the spiritual battery of the temple, increasing the presence of Divine energy in the sanctums.
All donors will receive special prasad, and your name – or the name of a loved one – will be included in our daily puja and your names listed on our thank you page.



Maha Sivaratri Mahotsava 2013
Saturday, March 9th, 2pm – 5am

2 – 4:30pm
Sri Abhayankara Maha Ganapati Pooja
Sri Ganapati, Navagraha, Sri Rudra
Siva Panchakshari Homas
and Poorna Huthi
Kalasha Puja
Ekadasha Rudra Japa – 11 times chanting of Sri Rudra
Phase I
6:30 – 7:30pm
Lord Siva Abhisheka
Manthra Pushpanjali
7:30 – 9:15pm
Devotees perform Abhisheka
9:15 – 9:30pm
Panchakshari Japa (Om Namah Sivaya)
Phase II
9:30 – 10:15pm
Lord Siva Abhisheka
Mantra Pushpanjali
10:15 – 11:45pm
Devotees perform Abhisheka
12:00 – 12:30am
Special japa: Bilvashtakam with Panchakshari Japa (Om Namah Sivaya)
Phase III
12:30 – 1:15am
Lord Siva Abhisheka
Mantra Pushpanjali
1:30 – 2:30am
Devotees perform Abhisheka
3:15 – 3:30am
Panchakshari Japa (Om Namah Sivaya)
Phase IV
Lord Siva Abhisheka
Mantra Pushpanjali

Prasada will be served at each phase

Sivaratri Mahotsava Sponsorships

  • Full Festival Sponsor,  
  • Sivaratri Day,  
  • Sponsor Priest,  
  • Four Phases Abhisheka,  
  • Homas,  
  • One Phase Abhisheka,  
  • Anna Danam
  • Puja Materials,  
  • Archana,  
All donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed to the extent of the law, and letters of acknowledgement will be sent upon receipt of your donations. We thank you for your support in helping us to continue our mission of providing a sacred sanctuary and traditional Hindu temple in the heart of Soho.


The Broome Street Temple observes many of the important Hindu utsavas (festivals) that occur during the course of the year. These are joyous and profound occasions, marked by special pujas (worship), chanting and prasad (blessed food). Please join us when you can.

2013 Utsavas

Maha Sivaratri, March 9th – 10th, 2013: As an added auspicious occurrence, Monday is the traditional day of worshipping Lord Siva. This all-night vigil worshipping Lord Siva in the form of the Linga is attended each year by hundreds of devotees throughout the course of the night, and is one of our most special and sacred observances. Throughout the four-quarters of the night, the Siva Linga is bathed, the Rudram is chanted 21 times, and there is kirtan from 6 pm until 4 am the following morning. Please feel free to come and go as you are able, but don’t miss attending puja on this important and sacred day of the year!


430 Broome St, 2nd Floor
NewYork, NY 10013
Find a blue door on Broome St, just around from Crosby St.


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Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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