Iowa's Only Hindu Temple Opens

May 17, 2003

Source: Ames Tribune

On May 17, 2003 the Ames Tribune reported that "there's a Hindu temple in Madrid... While that may seem at first glance a bizarre and unusual phenomenon, it makes sense as a location for Iowa's only Hindu temple... It makes sense in both the practical and spiritual sense for the Hindu community of central Iowa... 'We thought a place close to Des Moines would be an ideal place,' said Suren Gupta, co-chair of the temple's board... Most of Iowa's Hindu community lives in the Des Moines and Ames areas, Gupta said... [Jai] Seecharran said about 300 non-members visited the temple's open house last month. He said he was happy to see that two of Madrid's Christian churches offered flowers and welcomes."