Hindu Temple Of Colorado
By 1984, the Hindu community in Colorado had grown to a sizable population and began the Hindu Society of Colorado. This group would meet at different member’s homes for spiritual discussions and deity worship. After this grew, for a brief period, a house in Aurora was rented, deities were installed, and the home was used as a temple. A need for a true temple was present, so another group, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies (HTCC), formed and merged with the Hindu Society of Colorado in 1995.
By 1996, the group successfully raised $100,000 to purchase an old church building in Littleton for the much needed temple in Colorado. Also during this year, the publication of the temple newsletter, Mandir Vani, began. In 1997, the search for a full time priest began, and by 1998 Acharya Kailash Upadhyay Ji was the new chief priest. Following the arrival of Upadhyay Ji, deities were installed and the temple began operating on a daily basis. This temple started successfully and within the same year, the neighboring lot was purchased. In 1999-2000 the Hindu Temple website was up and running and the number of devotees as well as the mailing list increased significantly (about 1800 people). With this growth, temple activities for both children and adults expanded in 2001 with Bal Mandir and Yoga classes.
In 2002, the third lot was purchased, and talk regarding a bigger temple began. This idea, unfortunately, was rejected due to the lack of available land (less than 1 acre); instead in 2003 both floors were remodeled and open for use. In 2004-2005 the parking was paved and a New Temple Committee was formed. Between 2006 and 2009 Pundit Raghavendra Iyyer Ji joined (2006) as Assistant Priest, the third lot was sold and the land in Centennial was purchased (4.25 acres, $500,000, 1-30-2007), the Bhoomi Pooja Samaroha was celebrated (6-23-2007), the design of the new temple was complete (2008), and the site plan for construction was approved (2009).
The mission of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies (HTCC) is to involve each and every one of you, with a motto of “Temple is for ALL,” and also to provide a forum for religious worship and celebrations, and for cultural, religious and spiritual development activities based on Hindu / Vedic / Sanatana – Dharma traditions.
New Temple will be the hub of Hindu religious and cultural activities in the Rocky Mountain Region, meeting needs of all major sects, and regional cultural groups. The temple will strive to be all inclusive and the facilities will be available to all community members who believe and respect the Hindu/Vedic/Sanatan Dharma.
The key objectives of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies are to:
Strive to fulfill growing need of our society to obtain authentic understanding of the vast and rich heritage of Hindu religious traditions, philosophy and culture.Operate a place of Hindu worship and conducting activities aimed at the cultural and spiritual development of the community.These activities will address religious, cultural, and philosophical aspects of Hindu Dharma in its broadest sense and will include all sects (Sampardayas) of Hindu faith.