Charlotte (North Carolina) will have a new Hindu temple by next March.
Construction has begun on Trimurti Temple Devasthanam by the charitable foundation of the same name for the 10,000 square-foot temple on the 17.5 acres site owned by it. Bhoomi Puja (Ground-breaking Ceremony) was held on June six, which included a procession to the construction site, reports suggest.
To be built in the traditional South Indian architectural style according to Agama Sasthras, it will include sanctums to house Hindu deities hand carved out of black stone and imported from India; including Ganesha, Saraswathi, Brahma, Venkateshwara, Shiva, Durga, Hanuman, Padmavathi, Parvathi, Rama, Lakshmi, Navagraha, Vinayaka, Murugan. Besides a sanctuary for worship services, it will also include a hall, greenhouse, pond, etc. Prathisthapanam (Grand Opening) is scheduled for March 15, 2016.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this new temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
The existing Trimurti Temple nearby opens daily and undertakes daily morning and evening pujas besides other services. It also organizes classes for children and conducts various pujas, including “vehicle puja”, which costs $20. Ganesh Balasubramanian is the secretary, while Manivannan is temple priest.