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The standards set forth in the Hindu Mandir was defined in the 6th century AD and has remained the same since. Mandir is consist of the Shikhara or pinnacle of the garbhagriha that houses the deities and is accessible via a door through the Mandapa or fall where devotees sit for worship.

The rules for construction are defined in the ancient VastuShastras or ShilpaShastras - a guide to temple architecture

This project will preserve the rich heritage of Hindu religion and culture and benefit not only the current generation but also future generations to come.

  • Building of a temple requires the utmost degree of knowledge and training (similar to hiring an architect to build a school, hospital or 90 story high rise building. Must be qualified and having done it before)
  • A Temple should always face east which is considered the most auspicious.
  • Plot must be either square or rectangular - Triangular shaped plot should not be selected for constructing a building. It is inauspicious
  • If the length running East-West is greater than North-South it is better
  • The building materials should be made up of stone, marble, brick, plaster and wood for the main body of the temple. Only organic material should be used.
  • Location should be at a holy place or in a forest or a grove – (our present site is a mango grove with a very rare Jamoon Tree which is a protected tree in US. Reason why we had to build the parking lot around it)
  • The rites and execution of various pooja summoned by a qualified priest are not mere ceremonies or accessories, they sustain the temple in their own sphere of effectiveness to the same extent that the actual foundation support its weight. (we had several ceremonies on the land – starting a decade ago with the 1st being MahaShivratri, Janamastmi annually and once we were ready to start the construction we had the madasudharsanahomam for the site clearance and the laying of the bricks ceremony)

We as human beings constantly live in a state of primordial alertness, our aspirations is to achieve the perfect state where there is no distinction between man and god. The Hindu Mandir sets out to resolve this deficiency in our lives by dissolving the boundaries between man and divinity.

Whenever you are in a mandir you feel like you are 1 with god. This can only be achieved by if the mandir is built following the principles of VastuShastras and the deities are worshipped as defined in our holy books. A warehouse, office building or under a shed should be a temporary means to get to the ultimate state of a temple.

According to Hindu Tradition, the temple is like a human body which is conceived as a walking temple of god with Jiva in the centre. The top of the temple is the head, the garbha graham is the neck, the front of the mandapa is the stomach, the prakaram walls are the legs, the gopura is the feet and the deities represents the Jiva in the body.