Indian Temples of Pittsburgh by Anurag Sharma
The Greater Pittsburgh region is full of ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity.
Modeled after the world-renowned Venkateswara Temple of Tirupati, Sri Venkateswara Temple (SV Temple) is one of the earliest Hindu temples in the USA. SV Temple was constructed at an approximate cost of $925,000 donated by over six thousand devotees from all over the country. The ground-breaking ceremony for the Temple took place on June 30, 1976.
Displaying the seventh century temple architecture from India, the ivory white temple on a hilltop is constructed according to the ancient temple construction manuals called "Agama Shastras." The temple is built in the form of the divine body where two sides represent two hands, and the top of the temple represents the head. The main deity Lord Venkateswara, a representation of Lord Vishnu, rests in the innermost cell called the Garbha-graha (sanctum sanctorum).
Address: 1230 South McCully Drive, Penn Hills, PA 15235
Phone: 412-373-3380, 412-373-3380
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: 412-373-7650
Hindu Jain Temple
Not very far from the SV Temple, is famous Hindu-Jain temple of Monroeville. The Hindu Jain Temple is unique in the sense that it was built with a goal of providing a place of worship for all religious beliefs of the indian origin. As the name suggests, it has temples of the JAin and Sanatan beliefs. It also has place of worship and religious ceremonies for other streams such as Arya Samaj.
Swami Sadanand Saraswatiji and Sant Narayan muniji (now known as Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji) from Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, India laid the foundation stone of this temple on the Dussera Day in 1981. The Temple is operated by Hindu Temple Society of North America, Pittsburgh.
Address: 615 Illini Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146.
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Sai Baba temple serves to devotees of Sri Satya Sai Baba and Sri Prem Sai Baba alike. Services provided at the temple include daily puja to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Aaratis, Sai Vratam, Satyanarayana Puja, Jyoti Arati, Siva Linga Abhishekam & Yajnas.
Address: 1449, Abers Creek Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-374-9244, 412-374-9244
Pittsburgh Sai Center
Pittsburgh Sai Center is the community of Sai Baba devotees who meet weekly for service. More information may be obtained by contacting them.
Address: Friends Meeting Place, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
One of the oldest Indian institutions, Pittsburgh Gurdwara has been serving the Tri-Sate area for three decades. Like every Sikh temple, everyone is welcomed for worship, service and langar. Gurdwara also runs Sunday school, Katha class, tabla class etc.
Address: 4407 McKenzie Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: 412-372-8890, 412-372-8890
Asian Indian Christian Church of Pittsburgh (AICCP)
Asian Indian Christian Church of Pittsburgh (AICCP) is a Bible-based, Christ-centered, non-denominational church, functional since Sunday, December 12, 1999.
Address: 1630 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Phone: 412-372-1703, 412-858-5233
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