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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.

Contact Us

Bhupen Patel (Chair Person) - (515) 795 2635
Pt. Upretiji (Priest) - (515) 491 0375
Email : or


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Panguni Uthiram(Goddess Lakshmi Birthday) Celebration  -  Friday, April 03, 2015
Panguni Uthiram, or Paiguni Uttaram, is an important Tamil festival observed in the Tamil month of Panguni(Palguna). It falls on confluence of Uttara Nakshatram and Poornima(Full Moon day) in the month of Palguna. It is also happens to be Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi and traditionally also celebrated as Thiru Kalyanam (Wedding) of Lord Venkateshwara and Lakshmi. It is widely believed that Lord Shiva married Godess Parvati on this day
Friday, April 3, 2015
6:00 PM Abhishekam for Balaji and Lakshmi
7:45 PM Arathi, Tirtha & Prasadam

Sita Kalyanam  -  Saturday, April 11, 2015
Lord Rama breaks the Bow of Lord Shiva at the court of King Janaka during the Swyamwar of Sita. Per the traditions of Swayamvra, King Janaka agrees to give his daughter Janaki to Lord Rama. The wedding was celebrated in a grand style amidst the assembled guests under the guidance of sage Vishwamitra and Sage Vashista. Every year during Ramanavami, it is a tradition to celebrate the celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Sita.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:30 AM Suprabhata seva
10:30 AM Sita Rama Kalyanam
  Sponsorship Information: $51
  ** Sponsor families will be take part in Sankalpam, Special Archana and Knaya Dhanam.
  Devotees may bring Vastrams for the Lord and His Consort, Fruits,Flowers, Dry Fruits, Coconuts for the Kalyanam.

Tamil New Year Day  -  Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:00 PM Ganesha Archana

10th Temple Anniversary Celebrations  -  Friday, June 05, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
6:00 PM Homam
7:30 PM Purnahuti and Dinner

10th Temple Anniversary Celebrations  -  Saturday, June 06, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10:30 AM Balaji Abhishekam
4:00 PM Balaji Kalyanam
7:30 PM Dinner and Fireworks

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 : HTCC Lunch Menu Schedule 

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.