Opened September 6, 1986, Sri Lakshmi Temple is a large regional Hindu temple located on Waverly Street and is the largest such temple in New England.
Sri Lakshmi Temple joins the ranks of other Hindu temples built in different cities across the country. This temple is one of the first few temples in New England area.
The vision of a Hindu Temple in New England appeared in the minds of a few people in 1978. Driven by this divine inspiration, an ad hoc committee was established in March 1978.
The inaugural function of New England Hindu Temple, Inc. was conducted with Mahalakshmi Pooja and Diwali celebrations on October 28, 1978 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts.
In the summer of 1981, about twelve acres of land in the town of Ashland, Massachusetts were acquired for constructing the temple.
Sri Janakiram Sastrigal of Rajarajeswari Peetam in Stroudsburg, PA graciously performed the inaugural pooja along with our local part-time priests in September 1986.
These are only a few of the many who have helped the temple in immeasurable ways to reach the present status of success in this ever growing project.
The temple has remained open during the week-ends ever since with all the major Hindu feswals being celebrated in a traditional manner.
Cultural activities such as classical music and dance concerts, Thyagaraja Aradhana, Dikshitar Day, Surdas & Meera Bhajans and discourses have further transformed the temple into the focal point of the Hindu community.
The temple hopes that this small step goes a long way in instilling the responsibility in our future generations to prepare them for the task of continuing the tradition and upholding the principles of Hindu religion.
Address: 117 Waverly St, Ashland, MA 01721
Tel: 1 508-881-5775
(image and inforamtion courtesy: http://www.srilakshmi.org/)
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