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Sree Ganesha Temple, Nashville, TN

Nashville, Tennessess 37209
Welcome to Sri Ganesha Temple of Nashville
Welcome to the official website of Sri Ganesha Temple and Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee (HCCT) located in Nashville, TN, USA. Sri Ganesha Temple of Nashville was established in 1985. Everybody is welcome to the temple. Here is some information to plan your visit to Sri Ganesha Temple.

 Temple History
Brief History of Our Temple
Sri Ganesha Temple was built to provide a place for cultural, educational, and spiritual activities related to Hinduism, to promote inter religious, social, and cultural understanding, and to support humanitarian causes.
As some of the new immigrants to Nashville realized that they were not returning to mother India, they began to think about the need for a strong religious and cultural center that would promote our rich heritage, and expose our children to Hindu Culture. These immigrants had several informal meetings between 1978 and 1979, and ultimately formed a committee in 1980. "Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee" was chosen by the majority, and it was incorporated in October 1980 in the state of Tennessee. The committee felt that the Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee would provide a solid structural foundation for a temple and cultural organization. In the beginning, major religious functions and festivals were celebrated in individual devotee homes. As the number of participants increased between 1982 and 1985, the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1808 Woodmont Blvd provided a place for worship, enabling devotees to hold biweekly prayer meetings every other Sunday afternoon.
Thirteen acres of land with a gentle sloping hill and a magnificent view were purchased in Bellevue in July 1982. Bhoomi Pooja was performed on Ganesha Chaturthi day, August 22, 1982. Several hundred people attended the ground-breaking ceremony on this momentous and auspicious day. Again on a Ganesha Chaturthi day in 1984, the construction for the first phase of the temple began. Sri Ganesha Temple was officially opened on April 14, 1985 with Sri MuthuKrishna Gurukkal as our first priest. As the number of devotees gradually increased, the need for a bigger temple was planned. We were fortunate to have the eminent temple architect Sri Muthiah Sthapathi visit Nashville, and have our plans to build Sri Ganesha temple discussed with him. The majority of the committee members at that time recommended Sri Ganesha as the main Deity along with Shiva and Venkateshwara.
Sri Ganesha temple was designed by Sri Muthiah Sthapathi, and resembles the temple architecture of Chola dynasty (900AD -1150AD). The ground breaking ceremony of the main temple complex, or phase 2, took place in November 1989, and the basic construction was completed in September 1990. We were blessed to find a rock large enough to build all 3 sanctums, and provide stability for many generations to come. Ten shilpis from India worked for over 2 years to complete Indianization of the temple with delicate ornamental work. The Vimana, or tower on top of Ganesha sanctum, is 48 feet tall and has 5 tiers. Other Vimanas are 24 feet tall. Sri Ganesha Temple also has 16 forms of Ganesha placed on the outer wall of the Ganesha sanctum.
Moorthi Sthaapana and Kumbhabhishekam were conducted as per agama Shastra on a grand scale on September 2, 1991. Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was the chief guest, along with many other dignitaries.

Temple Hours
Week Days
09.00 A.M - 12.00 P.M
05:00 P.M - 08:00 P.M
(Temple will be closed between 12.00 PM - 05.00 PM except on special specified days)
Week Ends
08:30 A.M - 08:00 P.M

Temple Hours / Contact Us
Temple Direction
Sri Ganesha Temple is located in the west of Down Town Nashville; Take Exit 199 headed on I - 40 West.Phone: 615-356-7207 .
Temple Hours:

Week Days
09.00 A.M - 12.00 P.M
05:00 P.M - 08:30 P.M
Week Ends
08:00 A.M - 08:30 P.M

Contact Us:

Sri Ganesha Temple

527, Old Hickory Blvd,

Nashville, Tennessee (TN) - 37209, USA

Phone : 615-356-7207

Email : admin@ganeshatemple.org

In some GPS machines, it may not find 527. In that case, use 521. This may help. The temple is located in the western part of Nashville. Thanks.

Mailing Address:

Sri Ganesha Temple of

Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee

Po Box 210705,

Nashville, TN 37221-0705, USA

About Us

Mission: Sri Ganesha Temple Education Program strives to provide religious, cultural, and language education and programs to the Hindu community of Middle Tennessee in order to preserve our culture and pass on a strong legacy of self-awareness to our children

History: In 1994, Nashville parents came together to start a religious program for their children, creating 3 different classes, divided by age group. Today, the education program has grown to include an offering of 18 classes. Current courses range from South Asian language classes (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali) to Hindu Vedic religious courses targeted to each age - from Pre-K to High School. This enriching environment helps to preserve and pass on our culture.

Goals: The Sunday School`s goal is to teach Hindu Vedic Heritage with emphasis on applying basic human values in daily lives.
  • For the growth of budding minds to reach the ultimate maturity, children are encouraged to practice a righteous/virtuous life.
  • Build their compassionate spirit early on as they serve the community, touching lives all around them.

The purpose of the Discover India Camp is to develop competence and confidence in the participants as children growing up in Indian and American cultures. Students are given the opportunity to learn more about the Indian culture through a wide range of fun and meaningful activities/subjects including character education, yoga, arts, history and recreation. While the camp is not exclusively for kids of Indian heritage, it is geared towards this unique group of children. 

Contact Us

All classes are held at Sri Ganesha Temple
527 Old Hickory Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37029

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2013-2014 REGISTRATION IN THE TEMPLE LOBBY ON APRIL 28th and MAY 5th: 11:30am to 12:30pm!

2012-2013 SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNUAL DAY ON APRIL 28th and MAY 5th: 10am to 11:30am

9:10 to 10:10  - Yoga, 
10:15 to 11:15  - PreK, Hindi, Telugu, 
11:20 to 12:20  - K to 12th grade, Bengali

Please email any questions regarding Sunday School to nashtemple.edu@gmail.com

Code of Conduct

What are the expectations from students and parents?
       I will participate enthusiastically in class without being disruptive.
       I will follow teacher’s instructions and show a positive attitude.
         I will make every effort to turn in homework on time. I will work on my homework sincerely, not try to finish it as quickly as I can.
        I will make every effort to attend class regularly. I realize wasting others time by reviewing repeatedly is unproductive. (Sunday School requires a minimum of 75% attendance)
        I realize that latecomers disrupt others and will make every effort to be on time.
       If I miss class, I will make every effort to catch up at home.
         I will behave appropriately - with respect, politeness, and friendliness towards teachers, peers and other community members.
         I will respect Temple property as my own and will care for it and keep it clean - including stage, curtains, bathrooms, walls, place the shoes on the shelves.
        I will follow all school and Temple policies.
       I will reinforce class material at home and monitor my child’s homework.
          I understand that the School is completely run by volunteers and will make every effort to volunteer my time and energy to the School and the Temple.
          I will give constructive feedback by communicating with the teacher on what works and what does not.
        It is my responsibility to check my email/website regularly for any emailed class materials. I realize that paper handouts will be kept to a minimum and therefore I will print and organize the material at home.
          I understand that participation in the annual day program depends on attendance and commitment


Om Tat Sat

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


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