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Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society (CVHTS), Middletown, CT

(Sri Satyanarayana Temple (CTHTS))

Temple Address:

CT Valley Hindu Temple Society
11 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Ph: (860) 346-8675
Website: www.cvhts.org

Founded in 1979, CVHTS serves the religious, cultural and social needs of the Indian community in the State of Connecticut and across north eastern United States. The Sri Satyanarayana Temple is designed in a traditional style to accommodate worshipers from several different Hindu sects.

Temple History

The following key milestones provide important phases of the evolution of CVHTS.


The Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society (CVHTS) was founded in 1979 by a community of Hindu families who strived hard to achieve the goal by giving their time and energy.

June 1979

The first Executive Committee meeting was held under the leadership of Dr. A.V. Srinivasan, Founder and President of CVHTS.

March 1980

Federal tax-exempt status was granted for CVHTS.

November 1984

CVHTS purchased the land in Middletown, CT to build the temple.

October 1885

The Bhoomi Puja was conducted at the temple site.  A major donation of $50,000 by Dr. SurendraChawla, in memory of his loving mother, SrimatiParbati was made to CVHTS. The entrance hall in the temple is named after her.

August 1986

The ground-breaking and temple foundation was laid by Yogendra Singh of L & S Construction, Inc., Trumbull.

December 1986

The temple plans were made and distributed by BarunBasu Associates, New London.

January 1991

Dr. V. Manohar was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

August 1992

Sri Ramachandra Bhattar became the first priest in the history of CVHTS.

May 1999

The Pranapratishtapanawas held for the temple's main deity Sri Satyanarayana, his consorts Sri Devi and Sri Bhudevi, and Sri Ganesha.The deities’ sculptures were carved out of krishnashila (black stone) by a well-known sculptor Sri. VenkataramanaBhat of Bangalore, India.

August 2011

The 12th anniversary of the sanctification of the temple (12th-Year-Pranapratishtapana) was held for the temple's main deity Sri Satyanarayana, his consorts Sri Devi and Sri Bhudevi, and Sri Ganesha.

Past Presidents of CVHTS

1978 – Dr. A. V. Srinivasan
1979 -
2012 – Smt. ReetaGulati

CVHTS Management

Board of Trustees
Dr. Mohan C. Sachdev - Chairman
Dr. Soumitra Banerjee - Vice Chairman
Dr. Subba Rao Bollepalli - Grievance Committee
Mr. Mal V. Murthy - Liaison to EC
Mrs. Gita Agarwal - Hanuman Sanctum
Dr. Adish Jain - Fundraising Committee
Dr. T. Seshan - Pooja Committee
Mr. Sudhir Shah - Internal Audit Committee
Dr. Chitra Vaitheeswaran - By-Laws Committee

Executive Committee
Mrs. Reeta Gulati - President
Mrs. Dina Bhatt - Vice President
Dr. Sivananda Jada - Treasurer & Pooja Committee
Mr. Harinder Gulati - Secretary & Hanuman Sanctum
Dr. Hemchandra Shertukde - Internal Auditor
Mr. Dilip Desai - Joint Treasurer & Maintenance
Mr. Kumar Kummamuru - Joint Secretary
Dr. V Rajendran - Joint Internal Auditor
Dr. M Vijayasekar - Pooja Committee (Special Events)
Mrs. Jagriti Bhatnagar - Cultural Committee
Ms. Abha Kataria
Dr. Reddy Ganta

Temple Reception Desk
Mrs. Latha Sawant - Office Manager

Temple Address:

CT Valley Hindu Temple Society
11 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Ph: (860) 346-8675
Website: www.cvhts.org

Temple Timings

November 1st – March 31st
Winter Hours

Weekdays 9 AM – 12 Noon, 5 PM – 8 PM
Weekends 9 AM – 8 PM

(NOV. 1 - MAR. 31)
Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 12 noon
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(APR. 1 - OCT. 31)
Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. - 12 noon
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Temple Address:

CT Valley Hindu Temple Society
11 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 346-8675
Email: ContactCVHTS@cvhts.org

ISKCON of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
ISKCON of Connecticut
1683 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: 860-289-7252
E-mail: pyari108@gmail.com

Welcome to the ISKCON of Connecticut home page.
Please browse through the links above and to the left to learn more about our temple and how we've been serving the mission of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Southern New England for over twenty-five years.
Please contact us via the phone number or e-mail address listed below if you have any questions.
Please note, we do not have facilities to offer overnight accommodations to ISKCON life members.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was established in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). ISKCON has since developed into a worldwide confederation of 10,000 temple devotees and 250,000 congregational devotees.
Better known as the Hare Krishna movement, ISKCON is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants worldwide.
The mission of this nonsectarian, monotheistic movement is to promote the well being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-gita and other ancient scriptures.

About the Temple 
There has been a Hare Krishna Temple located in East Hartford, Connecticut since 1978.
We first rented a house on Silver Lane, and after one and a half years (February 1980), we purchased the present building, located at 1683 Main Street.
For the first few years there were several temple presidents, and in 1981 Pyari Mohan Prabhu came and has served as the temple president ever since.
The presiding Deities of our East Hartford Temple are Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra, and also Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Please come and have Their darshan.
Here are some pictures of the Temple:
JULY 2013
Sunday, July 14th
click here for more info

Temple schedule:

 Sunday Feast
  • 3:00 pm - Tulasi Puja
  • 3:15 pm - Guru Puja
  • 3:30 pm - Bhagavad Gita Class
  • 4:30 pm - Arati/Kirtan
  • 5:00 pm - Bhajans
  • 5:15 pm - Vegetarian Feast
Morning Program
  • 6:15 am - 6:30 am - Tulasi Puja
  • 6:30 am to 6:50 am - Deity Greeting and Arati
  • 6:50 am to 7:30 am - Srimad Bhagavatam Class

Sunday Feast:

Please join us every Sunday at the temple for our free vegetarian Sunday feast. All are welcome to attend this fun-filled afternoon/evening of Krishna Consciousness starting at 3:00 pm.
History of the Sunday Feasts
The founder-acarya (spiritual master) of the Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada, started the now-famous Sunday feasts in 1966. At the first Krishna temple in the Western world, located in New York's Lower East Side, he would personally help cook the twelve-course meals. Regular attendance at the feast rapidly increased to three or four hundred people. Generally these feasts consisted of:
  • puris - a light tortillalike whole wheat bread fried in ghee (clarified butter)
  • pushpanna rice - an opulent rice dish, prepared with nuts and spices.
  • samosas - a fried pastry stuffed with cauliflower and peas.
  • pakoras - vegetables dipped in chick-pea batter and deep-fried in ghee
  • two or more subjis - cooked vegetables, often including small cubes of fresh, homemade cheese.
  • kheer - a dessert of sweetened condensed milk.
  • burfi - a milk sweet resembling vanilla fudge.
  • lassi - cooling yogurt-fruit drink
In 1967 Hare Krishna devotees opened their second temple, in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, where they served prasadam meals free to over 250 people daily. By the early 1970s, the ISKCON Sunday feast had been established as a weekly event in major cities throughout the world, including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico City, Montreal, London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Nairobi, Calcutta, Bombay, Sydney, Melbourne, and Rio de Janeiro. Srila Prabhupada often light-heartedly referred to the Hare Krishna movement as "the kitchen religion," thus expressing his satisfaction with how well his followers were carrying out his desire to flood the world with prasadam.

Govinda's Giftshop on line:

 Govinda's Giftshop is located within the ISKCON of Connecticut temple. Next time you're there, stop by and see what we have to offer. We stock a wide selection of Krishna Conscious books and other devotional paraphernalia like tulsi beads, japa beads, incense, audio cds, clothing, and so much more. It's a wonderful way to help support the temple.
Most of the books we offer in the giftshop are also available for purchase directly from this website. Just click on the tab above to browse the online inventory of available books. If you see something you like, simply add it to your shopping cart and you will be redirected to Paypal, the global leader in online payments. It's fast, easy, and 100% safe and secure.
If you'd rather call us to place an order our phone number is 860-289-7252.

Contact us:
Please contact us about any questions or concerns you may have.
1683 Main Street
East Hartford CT 06108


Directions and Parking Place:
If you are south of East Hartford:
  • Take I-91 North to Exit 29 (I-84 East).
  • Get off first exit, Exit 90 (Route 5 North - Main Street).
  • At end of exit turn left.
  • Go exactly 2 miles.
  • The temple is the yellow house on the left.
If you are north of East Hartford:
  • Take I-91 South to Exit 35-A (291 East).
  • Get off at Exit 4 (Route 5).
  • At end of exit turn right.
  • Go 1.8 miles and pass 5 lights.
  • The temple is the yellow house on the right just before the 6th light.
If you are east of East Hartford:
  • Take I-84 West to Exit 61 (291 West).
  • Get off first exit, Exit 4 (Route 5).
  • At end of exit turn right.
  • Go 1.9 miles and pass 6 lights.
  • The temple is the yellow house on the right just before the7th light.
If you are west of East Hartford:
  • Take Exit 56 (Governor St.) off I-84 (this exit is on the left).
  • At the end of the exit, turn right.
  • At the first light, turn left and go pass 3 stop signs.
  • At first light, turn left.
  • The temple is the yellow house on the left just pass the next light.
  • If you would like more detailed directions, please call us: (860) 289-7252
There is plenty of parking available within walking distance of the temple. The two closest and most accessible options are as follows:
If you are headed south down Main Street toward downtown East Hartford with the temple on the right, continue a few hundred yards until you come to Floradale Drive on your right. Parking is available on either side of this street.
Alternately, McKee Street is directly opposite the temple, perpendicular to Main Street. If you turn onto McKee Street from Main Street, you can park on the left hand side of the street. There is a sign near the end of McKee Street, just before the fire hydrant near Main Street that clearly states: “NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER.” Do not park beyond this sign.
Please, do not block anyone’s driveway. This seems self-explanatory, but we have already received several complaints from various neighbors about this particular problem. Also, do not park in front of fire hydrants, or too close to the corner of Main Street. Both are illegal.


Om Tat Sat

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


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