Chairman’s Message, January 7, 2014
Greetings and Welcome
In 1976 in Albany and surrounding areas there were about 250 Indian families. We used to perform Poojas in our houses. Some of our Indian family members then decided to have a place of worship. We should call them founders of Hindu Temple Society. These founders bought an old Church building and converted it into the present Old Temple which is also serving as current Priest’s quarters.
As the membership of Hindu Temple Society increased, with major contributions from dedicated members and volunteers, the present Hindu Temple was built and inaugurated on November 3, 1992.
In 2005 as membership grew to about 3000, HTS (Hindu Temple Society) felt the need for a Cultural Center for the community events. Again with the major contributions by dedicated members and volunteers, The Hindu Cultural Center was completed in 2007 at the cost of about Two Million Dollars without incurring any loans from the Banks. We should be proud of ourselves in building three magnificent structures to fulfill the needs of HTS members and the local community.
HTS has three Boards - BOT, BOD (Cultural Center) and BOG.I personally thank all the past and present office bearers and all volunteers for their dedicated service.
I strongly believe that the core strength and wealth of the Temple is in the pool of willing volunteers (over 100) who are making it possible to conduct all major festivals and programs and manage the ever growing Temple and HCC (Hindu Cultural Center) at minimal cost. I thank everyone for their contributions over the years. It is very heartening to see that many of them have been supporting and helping the Temple and HCC from the beginning. HTS has hired three very qualified, experienced and multilingual priests who are able to take care of all religious services. I urge everyone to make use of their services instead of going elsewhere. Temple Website includes profiles of our priests highlighting their skills and accomplishments.
Our goal now is to increase the HTS membership and make sure that each member feels comfortable to use the services of well qualified priests and the Temple facilities.
I thank the Heritage class staff for teaching Hindu religion to young children. I am happy to know that some of the students are of other religions interested to know about Hindu religion. In future I feel some of these students will be responsible in carrying out our duties and keep Hindu religion alive for ever.
On behalf of the Temple Management, I wish each and every one of you,
A Very Happy New Year!
Dr. Govind Rao
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
The Hindu Temple Society of Capital District, was founded in 1976 and is located in Loudonville, NY. It is a place of worship by Hindu devotees in and around Capital District and also visitors from other areas and all over the world. Albany Hindu Temple is unique because all segments of Hindu Community have a special place for worship of their own with Ganesha, Lakshmi Narayana, Shiva, Parvathi, Shrinathji, Radha Krishna, Swaminarayana, Navagrahas, Nageswara, Saraswati, Durga, Buddha, Iyyappa Swamy, Mahavira, Shri Rama Parivara and Subramanya (see descriptions of Deities (Moorthies ). Religious discourses and cultural activities are held at the temple and all major Hindu religious festivals are celebrated. The temple offers variety of regular religious services at the temple and at individual homes and offices, on request by well trained and qualified priests . Albany Hindu temple is centrally located between Boston and Buffalo and Montreal and New York City (see directions).
The Cultural center completed in 2007, is located on the same campus as the temple and offers facilities for rent like a well equipped Auditorium (550 seat capacity), Dining Hall, fully equipped commercial kitchen and three class rooms.Cultural Center is dedicated to promoting and preserving culture and fine arts, Dance, yoga and meditation, conducts language classes -Samskritam, Kannada, Telugu Etc., and social services such as medical Clinic and Women's connection. Cultural Center facilities are available for very reasonable rental charges when they are is not being used by temple and CC.
Management of Temple and Cultural Center is committed to provide high quality services to members and visitors. Hindu Temple and Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. All donations tax deductible for both state and federal Tax purposes.
Our management team consists of three Boards, whose members are elected by our general members at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Trustees focus on the Temple and overall direction, the Board of Directors focus on the Cultural Center, and the Board of Governors look after long term growth, and also resolve any operational conflicts at the Temple and Cultural Center. Current office bearers are listed on the back side. Our management team has several responsibilities: the duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty to the organization’s mission.
According to article 2 of our Constitution, the purpose of HTS is to establish a place of worship, provide a permanent place of holding religious and cultural congregations, and conduct religious discourses. It shall also institute meditation and cultural centers, celebrate Hindu religious festivals, conduct religious classes, and provide facilities for conducting marriage and other religious ceremonies and rituals
The facilities of HTS and HCC are available to support the above. In addition, the temple has resident priests who are highly educated and proficient in all Vedic and Hindu ceremonies, prayers, and rites which may be performed either at the temple or at individual homes.
The Hindu Temple Society of Capital District, Inc. located in Loudonville, NY is a place of worship for devotees of the Hindu religion. While it's primary goal is to serve residents of the capital district, visitors from all over the world take part in its activities. Religious discourses and cultural activities are held at the temple and all the Hindu religious festivals are celebrated. The temple offers religious services at the temple and at individual homes, on request. It is a non-profit, tax exempt organization.Return To Top