Vedic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple
The Fremont Hindu Temple has been serving members of the Hindu faith from the Bay area, CA, since 1984. The history of Hindu community in Bay area, CA dates back to the early 1970’s when engineers and their families immigrated from India to the Bay area. These Hindu immigrants initially conducted the practices of their faith in their own homes. In the mid 1970’s, there was a second wave of immigrants from India to the Bay area. A majority of these men and women were professionally trained, often as medical doctors. During the past five years, the Hindu community in the Bay area has continued to grow and these recent Hindu immigrants moving to Bay area are commonly employed in the computer and software industry.
In the early 1980’s, members of the Hindu community decided it was time to organize a central place for Hindu community worship. In 1982, the community purchased the building they worship in today. The Fremont Hindu temple was officially established as a religious institution after the ‘Pranprathista’- a ceremony consisting of performing religious rituals to sanctify the land, was performed on 4th October 1984. The founding members who formed a close knit group after coming together on a weekly basis to perform ‘Katha,’ were able to purchase the property in an “as it is condition,” for a price of $400,000. Located within a residential neighborhood the temple was established after appropriating an existing church and adapting the interior spaces to function as a Hindu temple.
Description of the Temple The outside of the temple is divided into two distinct halves. On one side is the new construction that is the traditional Indian Hindu temple. The other half is the temple’s social hall and library. To the side of the social hall is a pleasant kitchen area used by the temple to prepare community meals or for any catering for receptions. The temple’s social hall is also rented out to the public for special events. Temple Activities There are several different services that the temple offers the community. The temple is open all days of the week. On Sundays, a regular Sunday worship program of Bhajans, Pravachan and Priti Bhoj is conducted. Yoga Classes are also held at the temple. The social hall also houses events for the community and cultural events. In addition to the events held at the temple the community publishes their newsletter annually.