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Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord

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The temple was originally established in a small wood framed house in San Francisco, California, way back in 1957, by an American born Hindu guru, Sivaya SubramuniyaSwami. It may have been the first Hindu Temple to be opened in America that was beyond the scope of the various Vedanta centers that existed at that time.

Offering Pujas to murtis of Ganesha, Muruga and Shiva, it was founded on the traditions of Saiva Siddhanta and known as the Palaniswami Sivan Temple. It quickly became a popular site for the ever growing populace of newly arriving Hindus, some of whom personally knew of the Sage from Sri Lanka, YogaSwami, who initiated the American Guru. grow over the years, and on traditional festival days, the small temple could hardly accomodate the crowd of devotees. In 1988, to better facilitate the Hindu community, the temple was moved to a larger site in Concord, CA. The site was chosen due to availability and the fact that it had always been a place of worship.
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  • you want solitude and spend some time in prayers this is the place. I live nearby and usually goes there. Please keep the sanciity of the place and respect the others religion if you are not an Hindu.  more »
  • I had been to this temple long time back in 2014 or so.. from outside it is bit difficult to identify this as a temple but once you enter inside.. it is so peaceful and feels like a spiritual place.. ...  more »
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  • Nice temple. Clean and calm. It doesn't look like a traditional temple with Gopuram. On normal days You got to use the side entrance to get in to the basement and use the stairs to go to the mezzanine floor where the sanctum is.
  • Very lively and friendly people here. I travel almost 2 hours to get the peace of mind I need.

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