Temple Under Construction At Indian Cultural Center

May 16, 2010

Author: Karen Caffarini

Source: Post-Tribune


When Northwest Indiana's growing Indian population wants to worship in a proper setting, they must now travel 40 minutes west to Lemont, Ill., site of the closest Hindu temple.

That is about to change.

As of June 20, the Indian American Cultural Center at 8605 Merrillville Road will house an expanded cultural center and temple where its approximately 450 families can gather for meetings and weddings, Sunday school classes and Hindu worship.

"Our community is expanding and the first generation wants to maintain their own identity," said Dr. Shailesh Bhatt, a Munster resident and member of the building committee.

"A lot of people have said the temple is home," he added.