Vedic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 28 February 2013.

Phone: 510-659-0655
Email: templeadmin@fremonttemple.org
Website: http://www.fremonttemple.org/

History

The founding members of the Fremont Hindu Temple were a group who gathered weekly to practice katha (recitation and performance of Hindu stories). In 1982, they purchased a church in "as is" condition for $400,000 and adapted the interior spaces to function as a Hindu Temple. In October 4, 1984 a Pranprathista ceremony was held here, in which the land was ritually sanctified, and the Fremont Hindu Temple was officially established.

Description

The temple today consists of Building A - The religious space; Building B - The cultural center and Priest's quarters; and Building C - The kitchen and dining facilities. Since its inception the temple complex has continuously undergone spatial transformations, while retaining some of the original church identity markers. Upon purchase of the property, the Christian altar was replaced with a Hindu worship space, and approximately 1000 sq.ft of kitchen space were added to the original dining area. In 1994 Building ‘B’ was created to accommodate cultural activities and the second priests' quarters. The religious space retains some typical church architecture elements, including a vaulted ceiling and tall windows. Presently, the temple is in the process of adding another architectural abstraction to the facade, to symbolically represent a Hindu temple. The entryway, designed to depict a contemporary version of Indian temple architecture, consists of concrete columns and a metal roof that ranges from 15 feet to 35 feet in height.

Membership/Community size

The temple is open to all and no membership fee is required. The community size varies according to the activity taking place. For instance, during a typical Tuesday night Hanuman Chalisa (a service worshiping Hanuman), approximately 100-150 people attend. On Sundays, anywhere from 200-400 people are served during pritibhoj (lunch provided by the temple). Major festivals like Diwali or Holi may draw up to 2,000 people.

Activities and Schedule

The temple is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m on the weekend. Each day of the week represents a new set of religious and cultural activities taking place within the temple space. For example, the temple regularly hosts pujas (worship services) to Shiva, Hanuman, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Balaji, Ganesh, and Navagraha. In addition, Ramayan Katha (recitation and performance of Hindu epic, the Ramayan) and classes on the Bhagavad Gita are offered routinely. Visit www.fremonttemple.org/events.html for a current listing of Temple events.