Grand Diwali Celebrations

Grand Diwali Celebrations
Tuesday, Oct.21 st — Saturday, Oct. 25th, 2014
Tuesday 21st : Dhana Teras:
7:30pm: Dhanavantari Puja
Wednesday 22nd : Naraka Chaturdashi
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM – Lakshmi Puja
Thursday 23rd : Diwali
9:00am – 11:30am: Maha Abhishekam
Due to Solar Eclipse temple will be closed at 2:00 PM and
will open on Friday at 09:30 AM
Friday 24th :
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM – Lakshmi Puja
Sat. Oct 25 th:
Mahabhishekam – 8am – 10am
Chopada Pujjan: 10am – 11am:
Annakoot Utsav & Govardhan Puja:11am-12pm
Sat. 25th : Grand Diwali Celebrations 6pm — 9:30pm :
▪ MahaLakshmi Puja (batches start at 6:15).
▪ Entertainment (HCC).
▪ Dinner at HCC (Stops at 8:45pm).
▪ Grand Fireworks (9:30pm).
• Gold Sponsor $1000
• Silver Sponsor $500
• Bronze Sponsor $250
• MahaLakshmi Puja $50.
 Dinner - $10 per person.
 Ask for 2015 Membership benefits
Important Car Parking Notice
◦ Car parking will not be available in the temple main lot
due to the fireworks display.
◦ Please park in Corporate Woods parking lot.
◦ Temple will provide free shuttle service.
 Pay $5 and park in the adjacent lot
Tip: Best time to arrive at the parking lot is before 7 pm

Election Nomnation deadline October 14th

The last day for submitting your election nomination is October 14th, 2014.

Following are some important post-mark dates:

  1. o Due date for candidates to mail nomination : October 10, 2014
  2. o Date certified member list is available by : October 11, 2014 (a preliminary list will be    posted on the temple website by the end of September)
  3. o Date by which nomination should be received by NEC : October 14, 2014
  4. o Due date for requesting an absentee ballot : October 21, 2014
  5. o Date by which candidates can withdraw their nomination : November 11, 2014
  6. o Date by which absentee ballot should be received by NEC : November 11, 2014

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the NEC members.

Nomination & Election Committee (NEC)
Mr. Raj Addepalli, Chairman (518) 439-0788
Mr. Sidheshwar Prasad (518) 783-6297
Mr. Kirthivasan Nagarajan (518) 698-6365
Backup Member: Mr. P.R.Subramaniam 
Appeals Committe
Mr. Bheemineni Veerabhadra Rao, Ms. Sneh Chaudhry, K. Bala

Giving Back!

The final chapter of the fundraising initiative started during Shree Ganesh Utsav was closed when we handed over the funds to the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County and The Regional Food Bank. We collected $800 for each of these esteemed organizations.

This initiative was successful beyond our expectations because of the support for our Board of Trustees and most importantly the support of everyone who donated generously for the cause. We are very grateful to be surrounded by so many generous hearts and we are very thankful for all the support and encouragement.

We sincerely thank our The Board of Trustees for trusting us with this responsibility and providing us support to organize the fundraising events. We will be planning something similar next year and we look forward to new ideas and support from everyone in the community.

On September 27th the Albany Hindu Temple handed over the funds raised during Shree Ganesh Festival to the Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer County.

The team of coordinators met with Rick Van Vorst, the Executive Director, and received an overview of the club facility and the operations. It was very refreshing to see the club making strides to enrich the lives of young boys and girls in the community. From art center, to home work assistance, cooking classes, wood working sessions, computer labs, free meals and a variety of sports clinics it is amazing the club is run almost exclusively by volunteers and a few staff members. We sincerely thank Rick for giving us a sneak peek into their operations and giving us a sense of comfort that our small contribution would be put to good use. We feel happy and proud that the temple is supporting such a good cause.

Ganesh Utsav Team meets with Rick Van Vorst

On October 2nd the Gensh Utsav team and Shree K. Bala met with Bob Baker, the Site Coordinator at Regional Food Bank to hand over the funds. The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 30 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies.

We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to contribure towards the the Food Bank's mission.




Welcome to Albany Hindu Temple

The Hindu Temple Society of Capital District, was founded in 1976 and is located in Loudonville, NY. It is a place of worship by Hindu devotees in and around Capital District and also visitors from other areas and all over the world. Albany Hindu Temple is unique because all segments of Hindu Community have a special place for worship of their own with Ganesha, Lakshmi Narayana, Shiva, Parvathi, Shrinathji, Radha Krishna, Swaminarayana, Navagrahas, Nageswara, Saraswati, Durga, Buddha, Iyyappa Swamy, Mahavira, Shri Rama Parivara and Subramanya (see descriptions of Deities (Moorthies ). Religious discourses and cultural activities are held at the temple and all major Hindu religious festivals are celebrated. The temple offers variety of regular religious services at the temple and at individual homes and offices, on request by well trained and qualified priests . Albany Hindu temple is centrally located between Boston and Buffalo and Montreal and New York City see directions.