Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont

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Religious Site · Tourist Spot
The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC) is a Hindu temple complex in Lemont, Illinois, established in 1977. The complex includes two separate temples:

Rama Temple, which includes Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, Lord Ganesha, Sri Hanuman, Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji), Mahalakshmi, Sri Krishna, and Radha.

Ganesha-Shiva-Durga Temple, which includes, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Durga Devi, Lord Subrahmanya, Devi Parvathi, Nataraja, Ayappasamy and Navagraha.In addition, there is a separate Spiritual Center, named after Swami Vivekananda. The Swami Vivekanada Spiritual Center, which houses RITU Meditation Center, serves as a venue for many spiritual activities, including meditation, yoga classes, and spiritual lectures.

Adjoining the Vivekananda Spiritual Center, on "Vivekananda Hill", a hillock in the temple campus, is a 10-foot tall bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, modeled after his photograph taken in Chicago after his appearance at the World's Parliament of Religions in 1893. It is the first statue of Vivekananda to be installed in a public place in the United States of America.
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  • Beautiful Hindou complex located in southwest suburban Lemont. It is beautifully nestled on a well-maintained hilly terrain. We went there on a Saturday, and we noticed a lot of families...  more »
  • HTGC is a beautiful temple either for a peaceful religious or to appreciate the Indian architecture of the temple structures. The architectural style comes into view right away at the entrance off...  more »
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  • A hidden gem in the middle of Illinois. The beautiful buildings and architecture are definitely worth the visit. When we arrived we saw a small group of people meditating with several monks on the site. Very beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Keep in mind a dress code is enforced to go into the temple see pics for details.
  • This review is for fellow Indians who visit the temple. The temple is a serene and beautiful place. People who are working here in the kitchen are volunteers who are taking time out from their busy lives to be part of a greater cause. I have seen Non-Indians come here, pay respect to the deities and then eat at the temple kitchen maintaining cleanliness. I have seen older grannies work in the kitchen and clean the tables of the canteen. Do you guys have no shame? You guys eat at the canteen with your families and leave so much food on the table? People working at the temple to clean your left overs are volunteers and not your Molly Maids. The least you can do as good humans is clear your left overs after your dirty eating habits and maintain some sanity at the temple. I felt bad for the older grandma today, who was volunteering to clean your left overs because you have bad eating habits. Stop being so entitled and act normal.

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