Hindu temples in the US were introduced by the Vedanta Society beginning from the year 1906, but these temples they built in the US were not formal Hindu Temples. The Maha Vallabha Ganapathi Devastanam owned by the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, New York City was the most primitive traditional Hindu temple in the US. This temple was hallowed on July 4, 1977 and it has since undergone momentous reconstruction and expansion in the recent past.
The Malibu Hindu Temple located in Calabasas, operated and owned by the Hindu Temple of Southern California was built in the year 1981 and it is another prominent Hindu temple in the US. This temple is very close to Malibu, California. Apart from the aforementioned temples, you can find Swaminarayan temples in many cities across the USA.
On the other hand, the Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani temple situated at Radha Madhav Dham, Austin was the oldest Hindu Temple in Texas. This temple was founded by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and it is among one of the largest Hindu Temple complexes in the Western Hemisphere as well as the largest in North America.
Another Hindu temple in the US is the Parashakthi Temple located in Pontiac Michigan. It is a tirtha peetam in the west and it is for Shakthi – Goddess that is often called the Great Divine Mother, as far as Hinduism is concerned. Parashakthi Temple was visualized by Dr. G. Krishna Kumar in a deep meditative Kundalini experience of Adi Shakth in the year 1994.
These Hindu Temples in the US have been prolific and across the nation, in nearly every city of US and they have been the venues for worship that establish and develop spirituality and serves as bases for social support including a sense of community. This is because a lot of these temples now go far above and beyond the basic offerings of daily priest and pujas services which include community events, varying from get-together or fun picnics for song and dance to consequential outreach programs like helping to feed or clothe the local homeless people.
No wonder why millions of Indian people that have made up their minds to make the United States of America their home for the past few years took along with them the distinctive rituals, cultural artifacts and beliefs of their ancestral lands and have infused the American landscape with a captivating worldwide appeal.