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Bharatiya Mandir, New York, Ny

Middletown, New York, 10940

The purpose of the temple is to provide a facility to study, practice, disseminate and enlighten the public in the religious precepts of the Hindu Religion, and to aid people in finding the spiritual unity among all beings. 
We have named this temple the Bharatiya Mandir because many major deities of Hindu religion are enshrined within it. This is a place where anyone can come and worship their own deity, uplift their souls and achieve peace of mind. This is a place where one can meditate, sing God's glory and seek desired outcomes. Feeling overwhelmed by life's mundane pressures, we all come to the Lord's place to attain buoyancy, gain strength to deal with them and come out energized at a spiritual level.
Our Mandir can be used for our multifarious activities. Monthly satsang, children's yaghyopaveet ceremony, Akhand Paath, Devi-ma's Jaagran, Indian language classes, Hath and Kriya yoga sessions, guest visitations for spiritual discourses and many more cultural activities are a few examples.


- Dr. Geeta Desai
India Temple Foundation was established in 1988. Early that year, a few members purchased a parcel of land in the town of Pocatello that could be used to build a temple. Some members felt that a site with better access was needed. In the later part of 1994, a member pledged to donate several acres of land in Fair Oaks to build a temple. The ITF board accepted this offer in early 1995. Various committees were established including fund-raising, murti, and construction. Despite many challenges and frustrations, their perseverance enabled the completion of the project.

Construction of Bharatiya Mandir

- Inder Jit Kumar, Project Manager
I wish to thank the Board of Directors of India Temple Foundation (ITF) for giving me the opportunity to serve as Project Manager for the Temple construction. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of an enthusiastic and dedicated Building Committee responsible for construction of this magnificent project. The Building Committee consisted of Architect Ashok L. Sabnis, A.I.A, Bipin Gandhi, Om Arora and myself.
We Have been thinking of building the Temple for many years. The project got a tremendous boost when ten acres of land was donated by Pravin and Urmila Patel. Before the land donation we were making dream plans. Now we could make real plans. It was also the beginning of our fund raising drive with the seed dollar donated by Indira Beti, a great saint of Vaishnav Parampara.
We started working on the construction of Bharatiya Mandir in April, 1998. We wanted to be our own General Contractor and hire subcontractors for different trades. After the foundation walls were installed, we found that it would be better for us if we had a General Contractor do all the work. 
K.M. Martell Construction, Inc. was hired as the General Contractor in May 1998. The construction work has progressed very smoothly since K.M. Martell was awarded the project contract.
We were constantly worried about the availability of funds for the construction of this temple. The project has been completed by sheer dedication and hard work by the Fund Raising Committee and the Building Committee. The Indian Community in this area has been very supportive and has helped financially beyond our imagination. 
No project can be completed without approvals from the Town Planning Board. We are extremely grateful to the Town Wallkill Planning Boards, Mr. Richard McGoey, Planning Board Engineer, Town  Board, and Edwin Steenrod, Building Inspector for their kind support and approving the project very expeditiously.
We have employed unique construction materials in the building of this temple. The walls are constructed of six inch think solid concrete poured between two in thick Styrofoam forms. The out side Nova Bricks are screwed  into the plastic cross members holding the two inch forms together. The two inch styrofoam inside and outside of the concrete has provided us with a practically sound proof building which was badly needed because of its proximity to Route 17 traffic. It also gave us very good insulation with an R value of 41.
My special thanks to Jerry Nosenchuck for his assistance in the construction work. Whenever I needed help, he was there. I have spent hours on site and on telephone with him. ITF and I, personally are forever, grateful to him. I, also would like to express my grateful thanks to the Building Committee members for extending their full cooperation during the last 12 months.
We all in this Community are very lucky to take part in the building of this Temple for our Gods. Frankly, how often does someone get a chance to participate in building a Temple in his or her lifetime? The Temple is ready for occupancy. I sincerely hope that all of us, especially our children, will benefit from it.

Temple Deities:
Sri Ganesh, Sri Vishnu Lakshmi,  Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Durga, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Ramachandra ji ki Parivar,
Sri Shankar /Siva,  Sri Saraswathi, Sri Srinadh ji, Sri Hanuman ji, Sri Mahavir, Sri Shiva Linga


10.00 A.M.    To    11:00 A.M.
5.00 P.M.    To    8:00 P.M.
5.00 P.M.    To    7:00 P.M.
(Punditji Has day off on Thursday)

10.00 A.M.    TO    1:00 P.M.
2.00 P.M.    TO    8:00 P.M.

7:00 P.M.
AARATI (Weekends)
12:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M.

For More Information Call : 845 361 3055. (During Temple Hours)
Temple Contact  Sunil Sood

Om Arora (President)
(845) 361-3055 (Temple)
(845) 692-0467 (Home)


Board of Directors   

Temple Priest
Pt. Amar Nath Sharma

Past President

Vice President
Om Arora

Dr. Inderjit Kumar

Dr. Padma Sundaram
General Secretary
Mrs. Damini Radhakrishnan
Joint Secretary
Mr. Prakash Patil
Mrs. Chitra Chauhan
Associate Treasurer
Dr. Prasanna Desai

Mrs. Reeta Mahendroo

Mrs. Bhautika Patel

Mrs. Dipika Patel

Mr. Nanubhai Patel

Dr. Ratna Sabnish
Dhram Sandesh Editorial Board

Mr. Om Arora

Dr. Narasim Banavara

Dr. KN Sundaram

Dr. Padma Sundaram
Internal Auditor
Mr. Mayur Amin

Dear Friends and Devotees:

Generosity has been an integral part of Bharatiya Mandir and has come from inspiration. If our reaching you has inspired you as well with this temple's cause, vision and what it has to offer then you are most welcome to join us... Your generosity in any size donation and form is very much appreciated.

Other available ways are - sponsoring AD in our publications.
Contributions can be made in name of 'Bharatiya Mandir' and are US tax deductible. You will receive receipt from the management. The Mailing address is:

India Temple Foundation, Inc.
3 Vista View Terrace
Middletown, New York 10941

Om Tat Sat

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


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