Hindu Society Of Central Florida Casselberry
This “Maha Kshetra” was opened on June 19, 2005 in the presence of thousands of devotees, fulfilling the dream of the entire Hindu community of Central Florida. All of us worked very hard over the last 4 years, planning and raising funds to achieve this goal.
We are thankful to the community for their generous contributions, the architects and shilpis for their magnificent creation, and countless volunteers for their selfless service.
Hindus believe in universal acceptance and tolerance. The Scriptures reveal that God is everywhere, the pure, formless, almighty and all merciful. The vedas teach that the Soul is divine but held in bondage of worldly affairs. This bondage can only be removed by his mercy. He has to be worshiped as one beloved, dearer than anything else!
The Hindu Society of Central Florida dedicates this temple to all sects of Hindus with the principal objective of not only, making it a place of worship but, also to be a learning center and a platform for exposition of Indian arts and culture.
The Hindu temple of Central Florida Casselberry is built as per the vedic traditions and Vastu Shastra. It’s construction was completed and opened to the Hindu community in Central Florida on June 19, 2005. Today, the temple has become an integral part of the Hindu community in terms of religion, congregation, philosophies and spiritual traditions. Apart from being the principal place of worship, it has, over a period of time, become the center reflecting the diverse facets of India’s vibrant pluralistic culture and art.
Twenty five years ago, Hindus in Orlando met at the Lutheran church of Orlando. As the community grew, the need for a temple became imperative and in the year 1982, the Hindu temple society of Greater Orlando was formed which later became the Hindu Society of central Florida Casselberry in 1987.
Subsequently, 10 acres of land was acquired in Casselberry where, the present temple was built.
In 1990, the Hindu Society of Central Florida Casselberry was incorporated. By-Laws and constitution were adopted when the 1st General Body met.
Gradually the property was developed and a community hall was constructed in 1992. Sri. Ganesh idol was installed the same year. In the following years, Idols of Ram Parivar and Durga Mata were installed.
As the number of devotees and demand for Poojas and other services increased, 2 priests were hired from India. Adjacent land was purchased to house the Priests..
The Idol of Sri Balaji was installed with a huge celebration in 1999 and in the year 2000, the General Body adopted a resolution to build a Vedic temple with deities of Sri. Ganesh, Sri. Durga mata, Sri. Balaji, Sri Radha krishna and Sri Rama parivar.
In March, 2001, a conceptual drawing for the new temple was prepared and presented by the eminent temple architect, Padmasree Muthiah Sthapathi in consultation with American architects Mr. Kishore Pathare and Mr.Subhash Nadkarni. In the month of August, in the same year, Sri Vighneswara pooja was performed at the site marking the commencement of the construction of the new temple.
In June 2002, the Pattisappu family donated 2.5 acres of land to the Society and in the following month, Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji performed bhoomi pooja and ground breaking ceremony. 18 Artisans from India, under the supervision of Muthiah Sthapathi completed the ornamentation work. The General Body approved the installation of Navagraha and Sri. Siva Linga in the new temple.
The “Maha Kshetra” was consecrated on June 19, 2005 in the presence of thousands of devotees thus fulfilling the dream of Hindus in Central Florida.