Source: The Indianapolis Star
On September 28, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "[Four decades ago,] the entire Hindu population of Indianapolis consisted of fewer than a dozen families... [Today] the Hindu community of Indianapolis has grown to nearly 3,000 families, still small but large enough for it to build the state's first Hindu temple, on the Far Eastside. The temple, Hindus hope, will serve as a place for worship as well as a showpiece to educate the broader Indianapolis community about their culture... About 1 million Hindus live in the United States, with the largest concentrations found in major cities like New York and Chicago... The first phase of the temple construction, a $1.3 million project due to be completed in November, will give local Hindus 11,000 square feet of space. But that only hints at things to come. Ultimately, plans call for the temple to triple in size and cut a distinctively Indian pose on its 13-acre site."