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The Hindu Temple Society of North America
Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapathi Devasthanam,  Flushing, NY

Temple Address : 45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11355
Temple Hours : Weekdays 8:00am-9:00pm. Weekends 7:30am-9:00pm
Phone : (718) 460-8484 Fax: (718) 461-8055

Temple History

Ganesh Temple History

The Hindu Temple Society of North America ("Society"), a non-profit religious institution was incorporated on January 26, 1970, under the laws of the State of New York. Soon thereafter, the Society acquired from the Russian Orthodox Church a site on which the present Temple is situated. It was in this small frame house that daily rituals were performed and weekend services conducted by volunteer priests, until the present structure, designed in accordance with the Agama Sastras (scriptures relating to temple building), was completed early in 1977, and the Temple consecrated on July 4 of the same year. His Holiness Sri La Sri Padrimalai Swamigal, a great siddha from Madras, had prepared twenty-six yantras for the temple and done pujas for them for five years before installing them on July 4, 1977.
The logo of the Society is a light surrounded by insignias of several religions with OM on top. It signifies universality, catholicity and spirit of tolerance of Hinduism. While stressing the supremacy of the Absolute and deifying some of the major aspects as represented by the main deities, the Center stresses the totality and fundamental unity at the core of all religion. Hinduism has no place for crusades.
As the first Hindu Temple in North America composed of largely imported materials, and constructed by artisans from India, Šri Mahã Vallabha Ganapati Devasthãnam (or the Ganeša Temple) is one of the most impressive and historically important Hindu temples in the West. Flushing, Queens was chosen as the location for the Ganeša temple based on three criteria: it was the gateway of the U.S. - all Indian immigrants came here and there was a large concentration of Hindus in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; it was within walking distance for many, or one bus or subway fare; and the possibility existed to purchase a suitable site. Its strength and influence outside of New York is proven by the fact that the temple has served as a model for many other Hindu communities.
The Hindu Temple Society of North America today has over twenty thousand devotees on its mailing list. In addition to these, there are thousands of other devotees not necessarily on the mailing list who benefit from religious and cultural activities of the Temple, and to which generous contributions are made. It is the intent of the Society to offer formal instructions in religion, philosophy, culture and the arts to its devotees and their families. Fund Raising activities of the temple include organizing pooja sponsorship (services), cultural events, temple gift certificate, fund raising dinner, gold coin mala, sponsorship of chairs and constituent parts for the community center and other projects.

Neighborhood and Community

 The Hindu Temple is situated right in the heart of Flushing, which is a part of Queens County. Although Queens is, politically speaking, one of the five boroughs of New York City, it is, in geographical terms, a part of Long Island and is, therefore, largely a residential area. The Temple is easily accessible to its devotees both by private and public transportation. Within walking distance of the Temple are two branches of the New York Public Library, the Queens Botanical Garden, Kissena Park, and Flushing Meadow Park, and the Main Post Office. The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts is a stone’s throw from the Temple, while the Queens Museum is a short ride away by automobile or subway.

Community Center

Construction of Community Center was completed in June 1998. This community center is one of the largest and the finest of its type in the borough of Queens and has its main entrance at the corner of Holly Avenue and Smart Street. The center has three floors. The main floor is the wedding hall and can be divided into two, with a sound proof partition in between, so that two functions may take place simultaneously. The second floor is the auditorium with seating capacity of over 700 and it is equipped with state of the art audio and lighting facility. In the lower level is a large industrial kitchen with a large dining hall. Cultural programs, discourses, weddings and many other events take place in the Community Center.
For further information please call (718) 460-8484 or email us at hts@nyganeshtemple.org

Events for : Mon 07/29/2013

Veda Pãrãyanam - 05:00pm to 06:00pm
Sarva Devata Hãrati - 07:00pm to 07:15pm
Šiva Abhishekam - 07:15pm to 08:45pm
Ardha Yãma Pooja - 08:50pm to 09:00pm

Events for : Tue 07/30/2013

Venkatešwara Suprabhãtam - 08:15am to 08:30am
Mahã Ganapati Homam - 08:15am to 09:15am
Šiva Abhishekam - 08:15am to 09:15am
Mahã Ganapati Abhishekam - 09:00am to 10:00am
Nãgendra Abhishekam - 09:00am to 10:00am
Veda Pãrãyanam - 09:00am to 10:00am
Kãmãkshi Abhishekam - 10:00am to 11:00am
Veda Pãrãyanam - 05:00pm to 06:00pm
Hanumãn Sahasranãma Pooja - 06:00pm to 07:00pm
Subrahmanya Homam - 06:00pm to 07:00pm
Sarva Devata Hãrati - 07:00pm to 07:15pm
Shanmukha Abhishekam - 07:15pm to 08:45pm
Subrahmanya Abhishekam - 07:15pm to 08:15pm
Ardha Yãma Pooja - 08:50pm to 09:00pm


Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati, Sri Venkateswara Swamy, Sri Maha Lakshmi,
Sri Shiva, Sri Parvati, Sri Durga, Sri Saraswati, Sri Hanuman, Sri Dakshinamurthi, Sri Shanmukha, Sri Gayatri, Sri Kamakshi, Sri Navagraha,


Aswarth Narayana Sharma
Telugu : Fluent, Hindi : Good, Tamil : Elementary, English : Elementary
March, 2012
Bhadri Narayan
Tamil : Fluent, Kannada : Fluent, Telugu : Good, English : Elementary, Hindi : Elementary
August, 2004
Gangadhar Mulukutla
Telugu : Fluent, Hindi : Good, English : Good, Tamil : Elementary
January, 2010
Karthik Gurukkal
Tamil : Fluent
September, 2011
Tamil : Fluent, English : Elementary
October, 2011
Mukundan Santhanam
Tamil : Fluent, Telugu : Fluent, English : Elementary
June, 2008
Pradeep Sharma
Kannada : Fluent, Telugu : Good, Hindi : Good, English : Good
September, 2011
Praveen Kumar
Kannada : Fluent, Tamil : Good, Telugu : Good, English : Good
October, 2011
Tamil : Fluent, Kannada : Elementary, Telugu : Elementary
August, 2006
S Hariharan
Tamil : Fluent, Telugu : Elementary, English : Elementary
June, 1998
S Sivakumar
Tamil : Fluent, Hindi : Good, Telugu : Elementary, English : Elementary
July, 2001
Kannada : Fluent, Hindi : Good, Telugu : Good, English : Elementary
October, 2009


Abhishekam, is conducted by priests, by pouring libations on the image of the deity being worshipped, amidst the chanting of mantras.
Ritual : First solid food of the child
Ritual : Apara Kriya (other than Funeral)
Ashtottara Archana
Ritual : 60th, 70th or 80th
Ekãdašavara Rudrãbhishekam
Sponsors will receive a Ganeša Silver Coin/Vigraha/Picture, and Vibhooti & Kumkuma Prasãdam.
Ritual : Griha Pravešam
Guru Paduka Pooja
Ritual : Hair Offering
Kãlyãna Utsavam
Kanaka Abhishekam
Ritual : Funeral
Ritual : Nãmakaranam
Navãvarana Pooja
ONE-DAY Sarva Devata (All Deities) Abhishekam. Dravyas, sãmagris, garland etc. are included. Sponsors will receive a Ganeša Silver Coin/Vigraha/Picture, and Vibhooti & Kumkuma Prasãdam.
ONE-DAY Sarva Devata (All Deities) Archanãs. ARCHANÃS (108 Nãmas): Includes pooja sãmagris, flowers & fruits. Sponsors will receive a Ganeša Silver Coin/Vigraha/Picture, and Vibhooti & Kumkuma Prasãdam.
Ritual : Punyãhavãchanam
Sahasranãma Archana
Šankha (Conch) Abhishekam with Homam
Dravyas, sãmagris, garland etc. are included.
Satyanãrãyana Pooja. On Saturdays & Sundays only at 4:00 pm
Satyanãrãyana Pooja or Mahã Meru Navãvarana Pooja for a WHOLE YEAR performed on poornima days
Ritual : Baby shower
Ritual : Death Anniversary (Hiranya)
Ritual : Done on Amavasya, or new year day
Trisãtinãma Archana
Ritual : Upanayanam
Vada Malã
Ritual : Vehicle Pooja
Veda Pãrãyanam per 1 hr session
Ritual : Vidyã-Ãrambham (First schooling)
Ritual : Wedding
Ritual : Wedding Engagement


Dr. Gaddam D. Reddy, Chairman
Mr. Shivakumar K. Prabhat, Co-Chairman / Treasurer
Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President
Dr. Saimamba Veeramachaneni , Vice President
Mr. Haresh Sajnani
Mr. L. S. Panchal
Mrs. Jaya Sivamurthy
Ms. Hyma Reddy
Mr. Ramaswamy P. Mohan
Dr. Chitti Ramakrishna Moorthy

Dr. Saimamba Veeramachaneni
Mr. Sivakumar Prabhat
Dr. Uma Mysorekar

Mr. L. S. Panchal
Mr. Shivakumar Prabhat
Dr. Uma Mysorekar

Mr. Chandrasekhar Vellur
Mr. Narayanan Venkatramani
Mr. Rajnikant Bhat
Mrs. Radhika Mohan
Mr. Satish Purohit
Dr. Uma Mysorekar


Temple Canteen
Timing : 8:30am to 9:30pm
Telephone : 718 460-8493
Email : canteen@nyganeshtemple.org


Publication Title Type Publication Detail Newsletter June 2013 Newsletter
Newsletter June 2013
Sri Venkateswara Brahmotsavam, 36th Anniversary of the Temple, Sri Sudarsana Maha Yajnam and other Festivities
Ganeshanjali - Sri Dhanvantari Maha Yajnam
Date: 05/24 thru 05/27/13

Vasanta Navaratri, Other Poojas and Festivities
Date: 03/26/13 thru 05/30/2013

Maha Sivaratri 2013 Ganeshanjali
Maha Sivaratri Pancha-Dina Mahotsavam
Date : 03/06/13 thru 03/10/13

Kalyana Utsavams Other/Misc.
Kalyana Utsavams of Sri Siva & Sri Parvati, Sri Valli Devasena Sameta Subramanya,and Sri Srinivasa, Sridevi & Bhudevi.
Priests will perform this auspicious religious service at the homes of devotees bringing with them pancha loha vigrahas of these deities.
(Service must be booked one week in advance)

Religious Dates and Festivals 2013
December 2012
Poojas and Festivities :
Tuesday, November 27th 2012 - Monday, February 25th 2013

Sri Devi Nava-Ratri Mahotsavam, Deepavali, Sri Maha Lakshmi Mahotsavam, Skanda Shashti Mahotsavam : 10/14 - 11/19/2012
Sri Ganesha Chaturthi Nava-Dina Mahotsavam : 9/14/12 - 9/23/12
Youth Group Newsletter 2012 Outreach Activities
Newsletter by the Youth Group Of Ganesha Temple (YGGT)
35th Anniversary of the Temple, Sri Sudarsana Maha Yajnam and other Festivities
June 2012
Vasanta Navaratri, Other Poojas and Festivities
Maha Sivaratri 2012 Ganeshanjali
Maha Sivaratri 2012
Copies of the Calendar and Panchangam are now available for purchase and can be obtained from the Temple Counter, Temple Gift Shop, or may be mail-ordered by prepaying the appropriate cost. For more information and to place an order please contact the Temple at (718) 460-8484 ext. 112
The Hindu Temple Society of North America IS NOW ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND YOUTUBE

Contact Us

Temple Address:
Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam
45-57 Bowne Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Phone : (718) 460-8484
Fax: (718) 461-8055

Temple Hours:
Weekdays: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Weekends: 7:30 am to 9:00 pm

Email: hts@nyganeshtemple.org


From Manhattan : Take Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway. Exit at Kissena Blvd. (Exit No. 24), and turn left onto Kissena Blvd. travel approximately 1 mile, then turn right onto Holly Ave. Travel three blocks and turn left onto Bowne St. You will see the temple on your right.
From Long Island : Take Long Island Expressway (I-495 WEST) and exit at Kissena Blvd. (EXIT No. 24). At second traffic light turn right on Kissena Blvd. Once on Kissena Blvd. travel approximately 1 mile, then turn right onto Holly Ave. Proceed three blocks and turn left onto Bowne Street. You will see the Temple on your right. If you are coming from areas other than Manhattan or Long Island, take any one of the highways most convenient to you - The Belt Parkway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway or Grand Central Parkway - and then get on Long Island Expressway. From there, follow directions given above.

Om Tat Sat

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


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