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Holy Pilgrimage - Hindu temples in USA  

Durga temple of Virginia, Fairfax Station, VA

Temple Address:
8400 Durga Place
Fairfax Station,VA 22039
Phone: (703) 690- 9355

Durga temple was the first temple of Bhagwati Durgaji built in USA. This temple is the place of worship for people of all Hindu faiths. The deities in this temple include Durgaji, Shiv-Parivar, Shri Radha-Krishna, Ram darbar, Hanumanji, Lakshmi-Narayanji, Balaji, Shri Mahavirji, Shri Jhulelalji, Shri Shridi Saibaba and Maa Santoshi. The priests provide religious services at the temple and outside locations. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated. The temple holds a variety of educational cultural activities.

   Temple events

Temple Board of Trustees

    Suresh C. Gupta MD , Chair Person
    Dr. Bishnu P. Poudel, vice chairman/secretary 
    Madan Gupta 

    Ved P. Bansal 
    Jayesh Dayal M.D. 
    Ved Goyal 
    Asit N. Gupta 
    Chand Gupta 
    Ram Gupta  
    Ravi Gupta 
    Hirday Sharma Harnal  
    Raj Kapoor
    Chander Narang 
    Dr. B. B. Sahay
    Mr. Akhil Govil
    Girish Jindia
Principal Trustee Emeritus
    Dr. Jai N. Gupta
Temple Priests 
Resident Priests :
1.   Head Priest: Acharya Shanti Swaroop Sharma (Shanti Ji), 703.501.6188 (M)
2.   Acharya Trilochan Bhatt - (Bhatt ji), 703.869.2182 (M)
3.   Pandit Murlidhara Bhatta - (Murli ji), 703.867.1522 (M)
4.   Acharya Omkar Sharma - (Sharma ji), 703.587.3606 (M)
5.   Keshav Datt Sharma (Part-Time)          703-690-9355
6.   Pundit Krishnamurthy Jois (Part-Time)        703-690-9355
Note: Pandit Murlidhara Bhatta is from South India to serve the needs of our South Indian community.

To have Hindu religious services performed in your home or Durga Temple, please contact the temple @ 703-690-9355 with any of the aforementioned priests.
Temple Phone: (703) 690-9355

Temple Weekly ServicesTemple Contacts
  • Hanuman Chalisa - Tuesday 7:15PM - 8:00PM
  • Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi kirtan - Thursday 7:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Venkateshwara Pooja - Saturday 9:00AM
  • Vishnu Sahasranaama Pooja & Arti - Saturday 10:15AM - 11:00AM
  • Sponsored weekly Pooja &- Sunday 4:00PM -6:30PM Arti, Bhandara 7:00 PM -8:00PM
  • Bhagavad-Gita Gita Satsang - Saturday 10:30AM -12:00PM

Cultural services:
  • Yoga Classes- Saturday & Sunday 7:00AM -10:00AM
  • Balgokulam - Sunday 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • TJ Entrance Exam and SAT Exam coaching Class - Saturday 10:00AM -12:00PM
 Temple Monthly Services
  • Sundarkand Path - 4th Saturday 6:00PM -8:00PM
  • Satyanarayan Katha - Full Moon day
  • Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja - Chaturthi day 6:00PM -7:00PM
  • Health clinic - 2nd or 3rd Sunday 10:00AM -12:30PM
  • Bhajans by Art of Living Group - 4th Sunday 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
BALGOKUL- Durga Temple 
What is BalGokuHPA and Durga Temple run BalGokul for the children.  
BalGokul Vision, Mission and Cl?

BalGokul is a place for children to come together, learn practice Hindu culture and heritage, understand Bharat (India) and make good friends with similar interest and background.
Gokul is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. Gokul is the place where talents, mischiefs, strength and also the divinity of Krishna blossomed. People realized that he was not an ordinary boy, but an incarnation of God. "Bal" means Child. Bal Gokul is the place for the children to enjoy together and also discover their potential and blossom to the fullest extent.  
Team of Parents and Volunteers from V

ore Values
To ignite, foster, revere and preserve ancient Hindu Dharma, Culture, Values and Way of Life amongst children.
To provide a fun, social and educational environment that enables children to acquire a healthy understanding, and subsequently a pride and reverence for their ancient Hindu religion, culture, and a core value system such that the children are inspired to apply them into their daily life, exchange thoughts and ideas with peers, develop a confident self-identity, and sense of belongingness to the community.
Core Values
Durga BalGokul runs its operations grounded in 5 Core Values – Children First, Persistent Learning, Service Excellence, Accountability, and Transparency -- that guide the internal conduct of DBG, and executes itself via 4 behavioral standards namely Integrity, Respect, Team Work, and Compassion.
Regular activities BalGokul 
BalGokul runs for approximately an hour and 30 minutes. The children learn Bhajans with occasional exercises, Yoga, Arts and Crafts and Games. Playing together builds the friendship, team spirit and also an enjoyable atmosphere to learn. There are various Bhajans and group songs, followed by religious classes. Stories are selected from Ramayan, Mahabharat, lives of great personalities, Pancha Tantra and based on other ethical and moral values. Children get DBG library membership as part of the program where they can check out 250+ Amar Chitra Katha books on various Hindu religious and historical characters. All children will love these books! The purpose of all these activities is:
1.   To teach children to respect good health, physical strength and balance
2.   To understand, appreciate and practice Hindu ways of life.
3.   To develop confidence and pride in their cultural identity.
4.   To develop social awareness and encourge them to actively contribute to the society.
5.   To provide a friends network with similar interest.
Generally kids are grouped according to age and knowledge. Regular attendance is a must. There are classes for Teenagers also.
Special Events
Hindu Heritage Youth Camp: Every summer, there is a camp for children. This is once-a-year never miss event for children.

Celebrating Festivals: All the families celebrate various Hindu festivals together. Children get to present various cultural items in these programs.

You are invited to form a Network of Indian Youth
Click here to download the flyer (in PDF format)..
Sanatan Dharma Scholarship for Middle/High School and College Level Students
This is open to all youth -- Hindus and non-Hindus. Attached flier provides details, and the full eligibility and application process details are available on the website http://hinduscholarship.org.
The application submission deadline is July 31st.
Chinmaya Mission Satellite Center, You are most cordially invited to attend classes by Acharya Pramila Poudel.
West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA 22152

Temple Manager: Sharvan K. Verma : 703.725.3760 (M)

Coordinator / Members
Phone number

karuna Gulati
703.690.1512 (H)
703.798.9172 (C) 

Sudhir Oberoi
703.250.5324 (H)
Roma Gubierrez
703.878.9316 (H)
571.241.5323 (H)
Indu Dhingra-Treasurer
Rupa Patel
Sunita Wahi
Suman Dilawari
703.495.9363 (H)
703.690.4101 (H)
703.971.7850 (H)
703.313.0371 (H)

Cultural        Vendor Coordination
Geetanjali Chaturvedi
Rupa Patel
703.690.4101 (H)

Fund Raising
Raj Kapoor

Facility Rental
Surinder Wahi

Human Resources
Srilekha Palle
Raj Garg

Facility Repairs & Maint
Raj Kapoor

Art / Decoration
Rani Sharma
Chander Sharma
Raj Kapoor

Sharvan K. Verma

Volunteer Coordination
Geetanjali Chaturvedi

Bhandara Coordinator
Ranju Bhatnagar
Srilekha Palle
Subhashini Tara
Indu Dhingra
Monika Chopra
703.495.8618 (H)
703.495.9363 (H)
703.366.3872 (H)

Jay Shevlikar

Dhiren Makwana - Development

Database Maintenance
Dhananjaya Shevlikar
Ajoy Prasad
571.212.6055 (M)

Dhananjaya Shevlikar
Madhuri Prasad

Monthly Health Clinic
Kusum Taneja
Madan Gupta

Gita Discourse -Chinmaya Mission
B. K. Kishore
Dr. Sadanandan

Yoga Classes (Mukti)
Jay Kalathil
Kamini Duggal
Indu Dhingra
Roy Dwarka
571.331.2011 (M)
703.978.4136 (H)

SAT & TJ School Prep.
Prof. Rao
Meena Srinivas

Bhavna Shinde
Sant Gupta
703.209.8028 (M)
703.980.7487 (M)

Membership & Database
Narendra Tandon
Poonam Bansal
Monica Chopra
301.948.3965 (H)
703.366.3872 (H)

Youth Coordination
Madhuri Prasad
Monica Chopra

Media & Advertising
Geetanjali Chaturvedi

Flyers, Collateral
Narendra Tandon
Kusum Taneja
V. Shanmugasundaram
301.948.3965 (H)
314.406.7533 (M)

Senior Citizens
Mr. Bala Krishnan

Temple Hall Rental (Downstairs)
Downstair Hall Rental

Hall Rental Form (in MS Word)

Durga Temple has a beautifully built lower level.
The main hall has a capacity of 250 people.
  • One kitchen to warm the food
  • A big serve-in area
  • Two rooms for various purposes
  • and rest-rooms.
The whole lower unit is available for rent for your special occasions.  

The rental fees / rules are as follows:
  • All payments are due in FULL at the time of Booking
  • Without FULL payment the booking is NOT confirmed
  • 100.00 Security Deposit (should be refunded within two weeks, if hall returned in good shape)

Hall Rent: (including set-up and cleaning time)
  • $500.00 for upto 4 hours
  • $100.00 for each additional hour
Class Room Rent: (including set-up and cleaning time)
  • $50.00 per hour and $300 for eight hour day.
  Any cost of repair or replacement of the damaged items (chairs, tables, kitchen items, etc.) will be charged

Please contact Temple @ 703-690-9355 to arrange booking. 
Please note:
  • The hall cannot be rented past 11:30 pm (Monday thru Saturday)
  • The hall is not rented out on Sundays due to temple sposored events
  • The audio system is presently not available for use by the renters

Direction to Durga Temple
Temple Address:
8400 Durga Place
Fairfax Station,VA 22039
Phone: (703) 690- 9355

Driving Direction:

From Fairfax County Parkway, Virginia:
  • Take the VA-7100 SOUTH/FAIRFAX COUNTY PKWY towards Springfield, VA
  • Take Exit for HOOES RD South/SR-636
  • After about a mile, turn right onto Copper Leaf Way.
  • Temple will be on the left, at the intersection of HOOES RD and SILVERBROOK RD
From I-495/I-395:
  • From I-495 (Beltway) or I-395, take I-95 South towards Richmond.
  • From I-95, take exit 163 (LORTON exit) and turn right onto Lorton Rd (SR 642).
  • Make right turn onto Silverbrook road (SR 600 ).
  • Go straight on Silverbrook road and at first traffic light after 2.4 miles, make right on Hooes road (SR 636).
  • Take the first left turn onto Copper Leaf Way.
  • The temple is on the left at the intersection of Hooes Road and Silverbrook Road.

Om Tat Sat

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


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