South Florida Hindu Temple Southwest Rnchs
South Florida Hindu Temple is a place where hundreds of people come together for collective prayers each Sunday morning. The Temple’s culture is one of inclusiveness and celebrates festivals from all corners of India.A Weekly schedule includes: Rudra Abhishekam, Hanuman Chalisa, Lakshmi ma puja, Ma Saraswati puja, monthly havan.
Beyond it’s overwhelming architectural beauty, it also is a place where Education is valued. Children from all corners of India come together in the most appropriate of learning environments to learn the values and principles of Sanatan Dharma.A The program is in English and the focus is on Character Education straight from our scriptures. Adult group studies with various books are also offered.
South Florida Hindu Temple goes beyond religious and education programs. The temple is constantly buzzing with cultural activities through out the week and not just during festivals.
The temple offers, Bharatnatyam classes, Tabla lessons, Kathak classes and Yoga classes to children and adults.
Volunteers, the soul of the temple, run the temple from Prasad committee to Finance committee and devotees are encouraged to get involved and share their talents and time.
Prasad committee always needs peaceful, dedicated cooks, Education program always looks for dedicated volunteers to teach, garlands are made weekly, maintenance and cleaning after each event is always essential, religious committee is always looking for dedicated and dependable volunteers to help before and after each puja or havan.
As much as volunteers are needed, the temple is growing.A Your donations, small or large, are very much appreciated and put to good use.A So come to South Florida Hindu Temple and reacquaint yourself and family with all things Hindu.A The environment will make you feel like home.
It was a sultry morning in the summer of 1996. Excitement filled the air and everyone was looking forward to the Bhumi puja â€” the ground breaking ceremony. Torrential rains’ during the night had dampened the floor covering under the rain soaked tent but not the spirit of devotees. They kept arriving â€” by the hundreds; after all they had waited for years for this day. This was the day when on the sacred grounds sanctified by the water from the holy rivers of India and ashes from the 108 kundi Maha Yagnya, a temple was to be built. Not just another building, but an authentic Hindu temple, beautiful and majestic, grand and ornate with Indian carvings, was to rise from the ground. Although still a distant dream, the community was one big step closer to realizing it. After three days of non stop rain, the clouds disappeared, and it seemed as though the heavens granted itâ€™s approval, to complete the joyous celebration. With limited funds but abundant enthusiasm the ground was broken.
As the community expanded and became more diverse, the need for a broad based Hindu temple that embraced regional and cultural diversity of the Hindu diaspora, but remained firmly anchored to the timeless principles of Sanatan Dharma was envisioned â€” and thus the South Florida Hindu Temple was born. The temple was then incorporated on May 3rd, 1993 by members of the organization. Incorporation was done with minimal funds and no place to call home. Yogi Hari, a local yoga teacher had an ashram and one of the rooms was utilized for worship every other Sunday â€” but not for long. Yogi Hari had to sell his place and the temple lost its temporary home. Fortunately, a devoteeâ€™s old home in Miami had a large basement and that is where devotees gathered on Sundays until the first phase of temple construction was completed. Shashi Patel was the architect; Bharat Shah the land planner, Shanti Patel did the engineering work and Joe Miranda was the builder for this phase. The South Florida Temple opened its doors at the current location on January 30, 1998.