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The Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, CA

1803, Second Street, Concord, CA
Tel: (925) 827 0127

Temple Timings :
Monday - Friday 10 AM to Noon &    6 PM to 9 PM
Weekends & Festivals 10 AM to 9 PM
The temple was originally established in a small wood framed house in San Francisco, California, way back in 1957, by an American born Hindu guru, Sivaya SubramuniyaSwami. It may have been the first Hindu Temple to be opened in America that was beyond the scope of the various Vedanta centers that existed at that time.
Offering Pujas to murtis of Ganesha, Muruga and Shiva, it was founded on the traditions of Saiva Siddhanta and known as the Palaniswami Sivan Temple. It quickly became a popular site for the ever growing populace of newly arriving Hindus, some of whom personally knew of the Sage from Sri Lanka, YogaSwami, who initiated the American Guru. grow over the years, and on traditional festival days, the small temple could hardly accomodate the crowd of devotees. In 1988, to better facilitate the Hindu community, the temple was moved to a larger site in Concord, CA. The site was chosen due to availability and the fact that it had always been a place of worship.
First owned by the Lutherans and later by the Greek Orthodox, structures on the site include the temple proper with a social hall in the basement, a separate building that's used as an office and classrooms, and a private residence for the Priests.
Due to his efforts to build an orthodox temple on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, SubramuniyaSwami decided to sell the temple in Concord to the local Hindu Community in 1995. The Saiva Siddhanta Ashram was incorporated as a non-profit organization, purchased the temple in May, and changed the name to Shiva Murugan Temple.
The Temple Management has, till date, brought three Priests from India to oversee the daily rituals. The first few years have been most generally spent in maintaining the buildings and a dependable schedule of religious events. The Board of Directors continues to look for ways to enhance the temple's services to the Hindu community by considering the expansion of Temple structure, religious and cultural services.
Board Members of the Concord Temple
Vice President
Kausalya Hart
Fund Raising
Public Relations
Web Co-ordination
Udayappan Meyyappan
Volunteer Co-ordination
Palani Annamalai
Meena Annamalai
Temple Operations
V.S. Odaiyappan
Associate Treasurer
Kuppe Srinivas
Office Holders
Temple Priest
Anand Sivachariar
Vishwanathan Narayanan
Sathish Balasubramaniam

Contact Board at : csmt_feedback@yahoogroups.com

 Shiva Murugan Abishekam10.00AM----10.30AM10.30AM10.30AM—
Durgai Abishekam----------6.30PM—
Shiva Murugan Abishekam--6.30PM6.30PM------6:00PM
Navagraha Abhishekam------------3:00PM
Durgai AbishekamArchana----10.30AM--------
 Ganesh Abishekam10.30AM----------10:30
AM Sukla sashti -------------
Sri Varalakshmi Vratam Sri Durga Abishekham & Sri varalakshmi vratam Deepam Puja & Arthi from
 6:00PM to 8:45PM ----------6:00PM--
Temple Services
Archanas can be performed in Tamil whenever possible.
* Please contact Kausalya Hart at 510-525-1793 between 6PM-8PM for sponsoring Annadhanam (Meals for devotees) on festival days.
Services Offered at the temple and at home Nitya Archana & Abhisheka ( Donations)
Sri Ananth Sivachariar, Sri Narayana Viswanathan Ardhanareeswaran, Sri  Sathish Balasubramanian
Volunteer Events
Temple Cleaning, News Letter, Hundi Counting, Inventory Recording, Bulk Mailing, Annadhanam
What is the necessity to build a temple?
  • Current building is old and requires retro-fitting
  • Current building is under constant renovation & Maintenance
  • Traditional and beautiful Rajagopuram
  • Ability to do Pradakshina/Pragaram
  • Space for Chariot to circumambulate around the temple
  • More worship area
  • Separate sanctum for Shiva
What is the objective of this project?
  • To build a temple fulfilling the requirements of a traditional Murugan temple.
Why in Concord?
  • Since the current temple exists in Concord, we stay in the same location.
What is the progress made so far?
  • Acquired the land next to the temple and now we have close to one acre land.
  • Raised close to $250,000.
  • Working with Architect, Stapathi & City of Concord.
  • Close to finalizing plans.
  • Process of trying to acquire additional land for parking
Are donations to Shiva Murugan Temple tax deductible?
  • Yes
What is Shiva Murugan Temple's tax identification number?
  • 68-0351133
Which credit cards do you accept?
  • Amex, Visa, Mastercard and Discover
Can I establish a recurring contribution deducted from my credit card or checking account?
  • Yes, from Checking account
What is the process to set up recurring contribution?
  • Best Method - Set up Bill Pay through your Bank
    {Shiva Murugan Temple
    1803 Second St,
    Concord, Ca 94519
    Write in the Memo – Temple expansion}
Can I donate to Shiva Murugan Temple by check?
  • Yes, make check payable to Shiva Murugan Temple (Construction)
  • Write you email id in the check.
  • Mail the check to Shiva Murugan Temple
    1803 Second St, Concord CA 94519
Can I make a donation to Shiva Murugan Temple through PayPal?
  • Not currently
Can I donate securities (stocks or bonds)?
  • Yes
What is the procedure or process of security donation?
  • Detailed explanation below at end of document
Is there a tax advantage to donating security?
  • Please consult your CPA
Can I designate my donation to a certain program or part of project?
  • Yes, however, all donor recognition is on the wall of donors.
How does Shiva Murugan Temple remain accountable to its donors?
  • Progress of project will be updated regularly on the website
  • The temple accounts are available for review
Can I donate for Shiva Murugan Temple through my will or estate?
  • Yes
How do I get my tax receipt?
  • You either print the tax receipt to your devotee account or year end tax statement
When do you plan to start the construction?
  • Upon achieving City approval and collection of 30% of estimated funds required which is $5 million
  • Our goal is to start by end of 2013
How many phases are there in the project?
  • Minimum of 4 phases, to be finalized when we have final plans
What idols are going to be in the new temple?
  • Main deities - Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Murugan & Durga
Are you planning to have a culture hall?
  • Yes
How donors are going to be recognized?
  • Wall of donors - Donors of $10,000 & above
Do you have a kitchen in the plan?
  • Yes
Do you plan to have a library?
  • Currently undecided

What is the procedure for security donation?

Securities transfer process - If the account is in Fidelity Investment Letter of Instruction Needs to contain the following information
1.  Account number of donor and Name
2.  Account number of receiver, Tax ID and Name
o    Shiva Murugan Temple
o    A/C 184-276049
o    Tax ID: 68-03-51133
3.  This needs to be signed and mailed to Fidelity Investment or dropped off in one of their offices.If the donation is more than $10,000, a signature grantee (guarantee???) is required. This can be done in any bank.
o    Normal mailing address
P.O.Box 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0039
o    Overnight Mailing address
100 Crosby Parkway
Mailzone KC1C
Covington, KY 41015-4325
If the donor account is other than Fidelity Investment they need to follow their investment company’s direction.

Need to provide the following information
DTC – 0226

1.  Account number of receiver, Tax ID and Name
o    Shiva Murugan Temple
o    A/C 184-276049
o    Tax ID: 68-03-51133

Contact Us
The Shiva Murugan Temple
1803 Second St,
Concord, CA 94519
(925) 827-0127
(925) 827-0209
Travelling from South
1.  From I-680 NORTH toward SACRAMENTO
2.  Take exit #50 onto CA-242 NORTH toward PITTSBURG/CONCORD - go 0.7 mi
3.  Take the CLAYTON ROAD exit toward CONCORD - go 0.2 mi
4.  Turn Left on MARKET ST - go 0.1 mi
5.  Turn Right on WILLOW PASS RD - go 1.2 mi
6.  Turn Right on 2ND ST - go 0.1 mi
7.  Arrive at 1803 2ND ST, CONCORD, on the Right
Travelling from North
1.  From I-680 SOUTH toward SAN JOSE
2.  Take exit #51/WILLOW PASS RD toward TAYLOR BLVD - go 0.2 mi
3.  Turn Left on WILLOW PASS RD - go 1.9 mi
4.  Turn Right on 2ND ST - go 0.1 mi
5.  Arrive at 1803 2ND ST, CONCORD, on the Right
Public Transportation
Use the Yellow line and get down at Concord station.
Directions from Concord BART station (1451 Oakland Avenue, Concord, CA) to the temple. Total distance is 0.5 miles.
1.  Head north from Oakland Ave - go 0.1 mi
2.  Turn left at Clayton Rd - go 245ft
3.  Continue on Port Chicago Hwy - go 0.2 mi
4.  Turn right at Willow Pass Rd - go 0.1 mi
5.  Turn right at 2nd St - go 0.1 mi

Om Tat Sat

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


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