Sri Venkateswara Temple Penn Hills
Sri Venkateswara Temple (S. V. Temple) is located in Penn Hills, an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. It is one of the earliest traditional Hindu Temples built in the United States.
Sri Venkateswara Temple organization was established on Aug 7, 1975. Assistance from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) for construction of the temple was requested on Sept 11, 1975 and granted on the same day. On June 30, 1976 ground breaking was performed and was followed by pratisthapana on Nov 17, 1976. Daily worship is being performed continuously ever since. Sri Venkateswara Temple Penn Hills was constructed at a cost of several millions of dollars with donations raised from devotees in U.S.A and several countries. Most donors were first generation Indian immigrants seeking to maintain ties with their mother culture.
The Sri Venkateswara Temple (SVT) Organization was incorporated on Aug 7, 1975. The incorporators are Rajashri Gopal, Nagabhushanam G. Nunna and Nancy Srinivasagam. (Click here for a link to Articles of Incorporation). An application requesting help for construction of the Sri Venkateswara Temple by the SVT was made on Sept 11, 1975. (Click here for a link to Application).
Construction assistance of the Sri Venkateswara Temple, currently located at South McCully drive, was offered to the Hindu Temple Society of North America, Pittsburgh (Name later changed to Hindu Jain Temple) by Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams and Government of Andhra Pradesh.
There are many events leading to the existence of this great temple under the Sri Venkateswara Temple organization. Let us remember and pay our respects to all of the founders, including some who are no longer with us.
The following history is provided by Nagabhushanam G. Nunna who was present during all important phases of the evolution of this great temple under HTS, Pittsburgh and SVT.