Sri Staten Island Hindu Temple New York
Sri Staten Island Hindu Temple New York was registered by the State of New York as of December 22, 1997 as a not-for-profit organization to foster Hindu religious traditions and ideals in the community. The bylaws of the temple were adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 28, 1998. Devotees started assembling on Friday evening every week for prayer in a rented hall.
The temple purchased an old residential house at 1318 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York 10301 in June 2001. Congregation of devotees on Friday evenings continued at the United Dongan Hill/ South Avenue Community hall uninterruptedly. The house at Victory Boulevard was demolished and a new building was constructed. Bhumi puja for this new building was held on March 26, 2004. It took two years to complete the construction and receive the Certificate of Occupancy. The inaugural Puja for the new building was performed on March 25, 2006.
Thereafter, pujas according to the Agama Sastra are being performed by trained priests on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings.
All Sanctum Sanctorum for the main and sub-deities have now been completed. The presiding deities are Sri Ram Parivar and the sub-deities are Sri Ganapathi, Sri Siva, Sri Durga/Parvathi, Sri Karthikeya, Sri Hanuman, Sri Radhakrishna, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Saraswathi, Sri Ayyappa and Sri Mahavira. Ram Parivar made of white marble was donated to the temple by Shri Gulab Kothari, Editor and Managing Director of Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur. Prana Pratishta of the Nava Grahas and the Siva Linga are expected to be completed in 2010.