Hindu Temple Society of North America, Flushing

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Queens
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Hindu Temple Society of North America, representing Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, ( Tamil : ஸ்ரீ மஹா வல்லப கணபதி தேவஸ்தானம். Telugu:శ్రీ మహావల్లభ గణపతి దేవస్థానం Sanskrit: श्री महावल्लभ गणपति देवस्थानम्), at 45–57 Bowne Street, Flushing, Queens, in New York City, claims to be the very first of the traditional Hindu temples in the USA.

It is popularly referred to as the Ganesh Temple, Flushing since the main deity is Lord Ganesh. While there are now several Hindu temples in New York City area, this temple continues to be among the most prominent of them. The temple architecture and the rituals follow the South Indian tradition.

The temple is visited not only by the Hindus but also those who wish to explore religious diversity in Queens. The very first Jain temple in the U.S., the Jain Center of America, is also located in Queens, in nearby Elmhurst.

The temple has a vegetarian restaurant termed the Temple Canteen in the basement which is popular for its South Indian cuisine and for the temple experience. The canteen feeds 4,000 people a week, with as many as 10,000 during the Deepavali (Diwali) holiday.
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  • Ganesha temple in Flushing New York has more to offer than it looks from outside. Very Peaceful and calm houses a traditional Ganesha murti along with many other idols of Goddess and God. It was a...  more »
  • Every Sunday evening the temple have sabha during 4 to 7 pm and followed by dinner. Great place to be.  more »
  • One of the few temples in USA that had given me the same feeling like visiting any temple in India. Right from the music, temple’s grandeur pillars everything made it so religious n cultural about it. Temple also serves mouth watering delicacies in the cafeteria. Do not miss out on that.
  • Very nice temple. People over there are also very helpful. After entering the temple its very peaceful. They have their canteen also where food is served. Food quality is very good and at very reasonable price.

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