Shri Saatyam Mandir

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 1 April 2013.

Phone: 612-874-3997

History

Shree Satyam Mandir was founded by Ms. Rajkumari Kumar and her family, who migrated to the United States from Guyana in the late 1980s. Upon her arrival, Ms. Kumar felt the need to start a temple in order to transmit her religion to her children and other Guyanese youths in the Twin Cities. Weekly services began in the basement of their home in late 1994. Fifty people attended these initial events. After eleven months, the Kumar family was able to purchase a small store-front building in Minneapolis on 4th Avenue South. This was slowly refurbished and in January of 1996, officially inaugurated as Shree Satyam Mandir. Today, Shree Satyam Mandir serves thirty Guyanese and Trindadian Hindu families.

Leadership Structure

Ms. Rajkumari Kumar serves as both the temple founder and religious leader of the temple. Her son, Nawaindranath Kumar, is the officiating priest for the temple, conducting all rituals and rites. In addition to her position, in 2004, an elected executive board was added and provides the lay leadership for the community. The positions on the executive board include a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. This group makes all decisions relevant to the temple and its community.

Demographics

Approximately thirty families attend service at Shree Satyam Mandir. In a survey conducted, about ninety percent of these families identified themselves as members of the lower middle class and residents of the urban areas of Minneapolis. Many of the vocations of the attendees were blue-collared and low-income. There is a dynamic and spirited youth population at Shree Satyam Mandir as well. Numbering at about forty, these members are all the first-generation children of immigrants to the United States.

Description

Shree Satyam Mandir is a store-front temple located in a commercial district of lower Minneapolis. The inside of the temple consists of a hall, kitchen and lobby area. The main hall of the temple is approximately 500 square feet. It is painted a light blue in color. The walls are decorated with painted images of OMs and other Indian designs. Various altars are located throughout the temple. These include small platforms housing murtis of Krishna, Ganesh, Saraswati and Shiva at all entrances to the temple. At the east end of the mandir, there is a central altar. Here, there are icons of God in the forms of Ram, Lakshman and Sita. These murtis are surrounded by images of God in the forms of Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi, Hanuman, Saraswati, Durga, and Krishna.

Activities and Schedule

Weekly Sunday Service Shree Satyam Mandir has its main service on Sunday mornings from 10 AM to 12 PM. The service consists of the singing of devotional hymns or bhajans, a short discourse by Ms. Rajkumari Kumar, aarti and closing prayers. Approximately fifty people attend service every morning. Yagnas In addition to the regular service, there are monthly yagnas (a series of nightly discourses on a specific text, such as the Ramayana or Bhagavad Gita) performed by visiting priests. These events are attended on average by 150 community members. Festivals Shree Satyam Mandir also hosts special celebrations for all major Hindu festivals. Cultural shows are held to celebrate Diwali and Holi. Classes Last, there is a medley of music classes offered at the temple, by Nath Kumar. These include tabla, harmonium, dholak and dhantal lessons. Other Events The mandir is also used for family services, including weddings and anniversaries.