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Hindu Temple Society of North America

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A major center for the Hindu community

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Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Downtown Flushing
Institution, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, South Asian/ American, Place of Worship

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Intricately carved, broad and made of stone, its structure rises majestically, if surprisingly, over the small, detached houses of Bowne Street. Built in a South Indian style, the architecture of Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam - or Ganesha Temple - seeks no match or blend with its neighboring structures. Its distinctive appearance instead marks a sea-change in the history and culture of Queens, and the coming of age of one of New York's newer immigrant groups.

The temple's gate is always open, welcoming regulars and visitors seven days a week from early morning until night. Up decorated steps, across a courtyard where shoes are neatly set aside, and through the front door, the temple opens up into a large rectangular space for devotion. In alcoves along the walls, statues of Hindu deities repose, with the most prominent shrine dedicated to Ganesha. The son of Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati,...

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Hindu Temple Society of North America website


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