Durga Mandir at Fairfax Station
Durga temple was the first temple of Bhagwati Durgaji built in USA. This temple is the place of worship for people of all Hindu faiths. The deities in this temple include Durgaji, Shiv-Parivar, Shri Radha-Krishna, Ram darbar, Hanumanji, Lakshmi-Narayanji, Balaji, Shri Mahavirji, Shri Jhulelalji, Shri Shridi Saibaba and Maa Santoshi. The priests provide religious services at the temple and outside locations. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated. The temple holds a variety of educational cultural activities.
Since its founding, the Hindu community in the Washington Metropolitan area has reflected the nature and philosophy of attracting immigrants to the United States from all over the world.
Buoyed by this country’s freedom, liberty, and opportunity, countless people have come here. After making the initial economic adjustment, they look forward to implanting their national cultural values in the American lifestyle. Within the parameters of these values come food, language, music, and religious practices.
Hindu migration to the United States became more pronounced after the South Asian and other countries gained political freedom from their colonial rulers in the mid-twentieth century. Naturally, the Metropolitan Washington area attracted professionals. Many Hindus took the opportunity to establish businesses, allowed by American law under 8 A, and some of them flourished. These professionals and businesspeople joined hands and established Siva Vishnu, Hindu, Jain, and Rajdhani temples. In 1989, with the help of a pioneer, successful Hindu businesspeople established the Durga Temple.
The opening ceremony (inauguration) took place amidst great jubilation on March 21, 1999, with all the religious rites. Thousands of people converged to have get the first glimpse of the worshipfully inaugurated Durga Mata.
The organization “Durga Temple” was formed in early 1991. The first general meeting was held, and the by-laws were adopted, in September 1991. The ground breaking ceremony was held on April 1996, and the Bhoomi Pooja was held on October 1996. The dome construction was completed in March 2006.