Indian Immigrants in the Chicago Area

May 4, 2003

Source: Daily Herald

On May 4, 2003 Daily Herald reported that "'just as on every street corner there's a different type of church, Indians also have different types of temples,' said Subrahmanyam Vemuri, president of the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. ... There are 17 Hindu temples in the greater Chicago area. All of them are built primarily with donations from Indian immigrants. Many are expanding, which underscores both the growth of the Indian community as well as its growing wealth... Other communities are also growing: The Sikhs are finishing a new $2 million temple in Palatine. Elsewhere, a $1.5 million mosque is coming to Schaumburg to serve the Indian Muslim community. It is being designed so that one of its walls can easily be knocked down to accommodate growth. Devotees of the Jain Temple, just up Route 59 from the Swaminarayans, are waiting for a permit to begin a $5 million expansion, said temple president Niranjan Shah. 'We are all trying to recreate India here,' Vemuri said."