A majestic Hindu Temple, currently under construction in The Woodlands (Texas, USA), will reportedly open in June next. Ganesha, Balaji, Shiva, Lakshmi and Radha-Krishna will be enshrined in this Hindu Temple of The Woodlands, whose tagline is “A center for culture and devotion”. This 8.35 acre Temple claims to preserve “the ancient spiritual and cultural heritage of India in a contemporary setting” and will have yagna facilities, classroom and library space, a large lobby and a kitchen.
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of Temple management and The Woodlands and surrounding area community for this upcoming wonderful Hindu temple complex.
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.
Hindu Temple of The Woodlands plans to offer comprehensive puja (worship) services of various deities; celebrations of various festivals; presentations/discussions on Eastern philosophy/Vedanta; weekly classes on Indian languages, arts and scriptures; health care; counseling; etc. Currently, it is conducting fortnightly scripture class. Shashi Bellur is the Board Chairperson while Nimish Dhuldhoya is Executive Committee President.
The Woodlands is a master-planned community within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area of Texas which has won a Special Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. Notable people associated with The Woodlands include NFL players Danny Amendola and Gerald Irons, porn star Teagan Presley, country musician Jack Ingram, rapper Chamillionare, wrestlers Torrie Wilson and Nick Mitchell, basketball player Lance Blanks, and Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson. Bruce Tough and Lloyd Matthews are Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Township Board, while Don Norrell is the President.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents.