Hari Om Mandir Medinah
The history of Hindu Society is traced back to the 1960’s , when some of the immigrants came to United States of America from India. With the memories of their motherland and its rich culture in their hearts, some families started meeting in their homes in the name of Lord Krishna. They formed a Gita Society and met once a month at the home of a host family. They shared the recitation of Bhagvad Gita, bhajans, kirtans and speeches on religious subjects. Lunch/Parsad was served at the end of about two hours religious program. Gita Society was officially incorporated with State of Illinois on Feb. 19, 1968 under “General not for profit Corporation Act”.
The Board members in 1972 decided to change the name from Gita Society to Hindu Society and a new constitution was prepared. At a meeting of the members held on Feb. 11, 1973, the name of the Gita Society was changed to Hindu Society. A new constitution was approved on this day with two basic objectives:
» To change the name from Gita Society to Hindu Society.
» To obtain Federal Income Tax Exempt Status from Internal Revenue Service.
In 1960’s meetings were held in homes of host families. In 1970’s meetings were held in rented public halls. From April 1974 to March 1987 meetings were held in Stevenson Recreation Center at Lake and Taylor street in Oak Park. In April 1987 Hindu Society held its first meeting in its own temple building, Hari Om Mandir at 6N020 Medinah Rd., Medinah, a dream come true after years of hard work and planning. There were about ten sites/buildings, inspected, studied and investigated before the purchase of the present building in Medinah.
Introduction of Devi Jagran programs in 1998 has brought great significance to the Hari Om Mandir. Unparalleled devotion to Durga Mata by the devotees has been a major factor in the expansion of the temple. Due to popular demand, religious programs are now conducted every Sunday (since Jan. 2001), and the temple is kept open every day.
Devotional Bhajans and Kirtans are performed on regular basis. Classes for children are held to provide opportunity to learn about Hindu religion and Hindi language. Religious and spiritual discourses by renowned speakers and Swami’s are arranged occasionally.
Lectures and other programs given by religious leaders from India and other countries provide in depth knowledge about various Hindu scriptures and traditions.
Another milestone occurred in the history of Hari Om Mandir on August 19, 2001 with the installalation of Murtis of Shri Ganesh, Shri Hanuman, Santoshi Mata, Maha Kali Mata, Shani Dev Maharaj, Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi in the Parikarma area with sacred ceremonies on Janamashtami day. Also marble pillars with intricate designs, all imported from India were installed on the same auspicious day. On Aug. 30, 2002 Pranpratishta ceremonies were performed for wall Murtis of Shri Hanumanji (sindoorwali); Mata Saraswatiji and Shri Ganeshji (at the entrance gate). The constitution of Hindu Society is being updated after nine years with significant changes as proposed by the members to improve the functions of the temple.
With the blessings of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and Durga Mata, we look forward to enhance the amenities at the temple in every respect to meet the spiritual, religious and social needs of the devotees.