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Temple Hours

Monday 9:00 AM to Noon
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM to Noon
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evenings: Closed
Thursday 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evenings: Closed
Friday 9:00 AM to Noon
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Holidays follow the schedule above.

The Priest is not available during other hours unless specific requests are made in advance.

During the winter months, please call the Temple, 515-795-2635, to check if the Temple is open.

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Sri Rama Navami Celebrations - Sita - Rama Kalyanam

Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:30 AM



9:00 AM

Suprabata Seva

10:30 AM Sita - Rama Kalyanam
12:30 PM Aarthi, Thirtha prasadam and lunch

Devotees may bring fruits, flowers, dry fruits, and coconuts.

Sponsorship Information

Sita - Rama Kalyanam: $51

Sri Rama Navami

Lord Rama breaks the bow of Lord Shiva at the court of King Janaka during the swyamwar of Sita. According to the traditions of swayamvra, King Janaka agrees to give his daughter Janaki in marriage to Lord Rama. The wedding is celebrated in a grand style amidst the assembled guests under the guidance of sage Vishwamitra and Sage Vashista. Every year during Ramanavami, we celebrate the celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Sita.

Maha Mrityunjaya Homam

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 4 PM



4:00 PM Abhishekam for Shiva-Parvati utsava moorthies
Note: Please join us to bring water from the River at 3:30 PM for the abhishekam
5:00 PM Maha Mrityunjaya Homam
We will carry the Shiva Parvathi Moorthies on a Palakein to the Yaga shala.
7:00 PM Shani Pradhosha Rudra Abhishekam
8:15 PM Arathi, Tirtha Prasadam and Dinner
  • Devotees may bring Milk, Yogurt, Juice, Fruits and Flowers for Abhishekam
  • Special Dinner is planned after Homam
  • We need 15 quarts of home made ghee (melted unsalted butter) for the Homam.
  • Devotees may also bring Dry Fruits, Dry Coconut, copper coins for the Homam.
  • We also need 10-12 Volunteers to carry the deities to Yaga shala at 5 PM.

Sponsorship Information

Homam Sponsorship : $51

Mrityunjaya Homam

The most auspicious and powerful of all events is here. Maha Mruthyunjaya Homam is dedicated to Lord Shiva to give long life and even avoid death to the kathru of the Homam. It is also performed on Birthdays and other special occasions to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva.

HTCC 5K Run or Walk and Health Fair at the Temple

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 8:30 AM


8:30 AM

HTCC of Iowa is pleased to organize the 5K Run as a part of fund raising for the Cultural Center. Participants are requested a minimum donation of $25. Each participant will receive a shirt with HTCC logo. Free brunch will be provided.

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM We will be having a free Health Fair. Our volunteer physicians and nurses will be checking BP, height, weight, BMI Calculation. Blood glucose and cholesterol will also be checked. There will be no charge for any of the services. We have also arranged number of physicians from various specialties (cardiology, endocrinology and diabetology, gastroenterogy, nephrology, podiatry) to answer your questions and give advice.

Sponsorship Information

Participants are requested a minimum donation of $25


See festival calendar for 2014.

Credit cards for payment

We accept all major credit cards as a mode of payment towards pooja services and lunch service.

For the convenience of our devotees and patrons, we have installed two credit card swiping machines (one in the priest room and the second one in the kitchen) at the Temple.

The following credit cards are accepted:

  • Visa 
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Reward cards with Visa/Master Card logos

We welcome, and encourage, all devotees to make use of this facility during their visit to the Temple. Our Priest Pt. Upreti or a designated volunteer will be available to help with processing the credit card payment.

Regular events

Daily, 9:00 AM Sri Vishnu Parayanam
See details.
Mondays, 7:00 PM Shiva/Rudra Abhishekam
See details.
Fridays, 7:00 PM Lakshmi Pooja
First Saturdays, 11:00 AM Balaji Abhishekam
See details.
Second Saturdays, 11:00 AM Ganesha Abhishekam
See details.
Third Saturdays, 11:00 AM Parvati Abhishekam
See details.
Fourth Saturdays, 11:00 AM Karthikeya Abhishekam
See details.
Fifth Saturdays (if applicable) Durga Pooja
See details.
First Sundays, 11:00 AM Bhagavad Geetha
See details.
Second Sundays, 11:00 AM Sathyanarayana Pooja
See details.
Third Sundays, 11:00 AM Navagraha Abhishekam
See details.
Fourth Sundays, 11:00 AM Sundara Kaanda Patan
See details.
Last Sundays of each month, 5:00 PM Sri Swaminarayan Bhajans and Arathi
by the Gujarathi Samaj
Fifth Sundays (if applicable) Ram Parivar Pooja
See details.

When major events or festivals are planned, the timings for the regular events may change or events may be canceled. Please contact the Temple if you have questions.

Food service at the Temple

Click here for the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on food service at the Temple.

The weekend lunch service at the Temple is available because of volunteers and is a major source of income for the Temple.

We appreciate and thank all food service volunteers and their families for their help and contributions to sustain this program.

Lunch and dinner is also served during major festivals or events at the Temple. Many volunteers spend countless hours in meticulously preparing and serving delicious food to the devotees.

Please see the following guidelines for participating in the Temple food service program.

  • No outside food is permitted inside the Sanctum Mandir for offering to God.
  • Only food prepared in the Temple kitchen is allowed for offering. There are no exceptions.
  • No garlic, onion, mushrooms, or egg can be used in any of the food prepared.
  • All food should be 100% vegetarian.
  • No leftover food from other functions is allowed.
  • Consider preparing and serving food with no nuts to accommodate people who may be allergic
  • Label your dishes if they contain nuts and other items so that  devotees can avoid them.
  • Always use disposable gloves during food service preparation and distribution. Gloves are available in the Temple kitchen.

To sign up for weekend lunch service, please visit : 

Temple Etiquette

The Temple is a place of worship. To make your visit to the Temple an experience you will remember, please follow the guidelines outlined in this document.