Hundreds of worshippers packed the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana on the Far Eastside to celebrate its third anniversary Sunday.
Some parishioners dressed in colorful traditional Indian clothing and others wore western garb. They took turns waving trays of burning incense in front of an altar bearing more than a dozen statues, flowers and fruit, praying to Ganesh, the overcomer of obstacles.
Srinivasan Chandrasekhar, chairman of the temple's board of directors, said nearly 1,000 people worship at the temple during holidays and at the first of the year.
The India Association of Indianapolis estimates 2,000 Indian families live in Central Indiana. Before moving to the Hindu Temple in the 3300 block of German Church Road, worshippers had leased space in the India Community Center near West 56th Street and Guion Road.
The temple serves as a place of worship and an important social hub for the Indian and Eastside communities.