Swaminarayan Akshardham Hindu Temple in New Jersey, USA
The first Traditional Hindu Temple in USA was incorporated in 1970 and completed in 1977 - Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam in Flushing, NY. However, Vedanta Society has been active in the US since 1906. Today, we have more than 200 (functional) Hindu Temples in the United States. Many Temples run Youth Programs, Bal Vihar or Bala Vihar Programs for Children, Kindergarten through High School. Temples are open to (all) public. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm - Indian Classical Dance Shows, Free Food/Feast, Award Ceremonies, Announcements, Charity Work/Donations and more.
Most Temples serve multiple Deities, Gods and Goddesses: (in no particular order are) - Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, Lord Shiva (or Siva) and Goddess Parvati, Lord Venkateswara (or Venkateshwara), Lord Ganesha (or Ganapati), Goddess Maha Lakshmi, Goddess Durga (or Kali or Shakti), Goddess Saraswati, Lord Hanuman, Goddess Gayatri, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappan, to name a few.
Typical services available are: Abhishekam, Annaprasanam, Apara Kriya, Ashtottara Archana, Birthday Celebrations, Ekadasavara Rudrabhishekam, Griha Pravesam, Guru Paduka Pooja, Hair Offering, Mundan, Harati, Homam, Kalyana Utsavam, Kanaka Abhishekam, Last Rites, Namakaranam, Navavarana Pooja, Sarva Devata Abhishekam, Sarva Devata Archanas, Yajnas, Punyahavachanam, Sahasranama Archana, Sankha Abhishekam with Homam, Sarva Devata Homam, Artis, Satyanarayana Pooja, Seemantam, Sraddham, Tarpanam, Trisatinama Archana, Upanayanam, Vada Mala, Vahana Pooja, Veda Parayanam, Vidya-Arambham, Wedding and other Vedic Rituals. Here is our list of Hindu Priests. Temples typically have more than one Priest. Collectively, the Priests can speak multiple Indian languages: English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and others.
Hindu Temples in United States, have been inspired by a variety of Architectures: Nagara, Dravidian, Badami Chalukya, Gadag, Kalinga, Maru-Gurjara and Contemporary. Most Temples will have a Dome and Steeple, an Inner Chamber, the Temple Hall, a Front Porch, a Reservoir and The Walkway.