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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 Noon
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to Noon
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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

Temple - (515) 795 2635
Pt. Upretiji (Priest) - (515) 491 0375
Pt. Vasudeva Kumar(Priest) - (515) 419 4022
Email : or


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Temple Anniversary Celebrations  -  Friday, June 03, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
6:00 PM Homam
7:30 PM Purnahuti and Dinner

Temple Anniversary Celebrations  -  Saturday, June 04, 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:30 AM Balaji Abhishekam
4:00 PM Balaji Kalyanam
7:30 PM Dinner and Fireworks

Temple Anniversary Celebrations  -  Sunday, June 05, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
9:00 AM Shiva-Balaji Abhishekam
10:30 AM Shiva-Paravathi Kalyanam
1:30 PM Lunch and Ashirvachanam

Vara Lakshmi Vratham  -  Friday, August 12, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
6:00 PM Group VaraLakshmi Pooja

Shravana Masam Special Balaji Abhishekam  -  Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
10:30 AM Balaji Abhishekam

Rig-Yajurveda Upakarama  -  Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
8:30 AM Sacred Thread Changing Ceremony

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhana Celebrations  -  Saturday, August 20, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:30 AM Balaji Abhishekam
12:30 PM Sri Raghavendra Swamy Astottara Chanting

Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebrations  -  Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
8:30 PM Janmastami Bajans
11:45 PM Janmastami Celebrations

Ganesh Chaturti   -  Sunday, September 04, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
10:30 AM Ganesha Pratistapana

Ganapathi Maha Neivedyam  -  Saturday, September 10, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM Display of Maha Neivedyam, Athavarshisha Chanting
6:30 PM Devotional Songs by Children
7:00 PM Arathi and Tirtha Prasadam

Ganapathi Visarjan  -  Sunday, September 11, 2016
Ganapathi visarjan is traditionally done by immersing the idol of Lord Ganesh into water.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
2:00 PM Moola Ganapathi Abhishekam
4:00 PM Alankaram, Doopa, Deepa & Neivedyam
5:00 PM Procession to River and Immersion of Ganesha
6:00 PM Dinner

Navartri Begins-Durga Kalasha Stapana  -  Saturday, October 01, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
6:00 PM Nava Durga Kalasha Staphana

Maha Sudharshana Homam  -  Saturday, October 01, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:30 AM Balaji Abhishekam
4:00 PM Sudharshana Homam

Balaji Thirupavadai Celebration  -  Sunday, October 02, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
6:00 PM Balaji Maha Neivedyam

Chandi Hom  -  Friday, October 07, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
6:00 PM Chandi Hom

Global Vishnu Sahasra Nama  -  Saturday, October 08, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
7:30 AM Suprabhata Seva
8:30 AM Global Vishnu Sahasra Namam
11:00 AM Sri Balaji Parivar Archana

Dussera-Vijaya Dashami Celebrations  -  Saturday, October 08, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
5:00 PM Rama Parivar Pooja
6:30 PM Rama Parivar Process and Ravan Dahan
7:00 PM Special Dinner

Diwali Celebrations  -  Saturday, October 29, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
5:00 PM Lakshmi and Ganesha Abhishekam
7:00 PM Annakoot and Govardhana Pooja
7:00 PM Special Dinner
9:00 PM Fireworks

Karthika Pournami Group Sathyanarayana Pooja  -  Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
5:00 PM Lighting Karthika Deepam
6:00 PM Group Sathyanrayana Pooja

Vaikunta Ekadashi  -  Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
7:00 AM Morning Vaikunta Dwaram/Darshanam
7:00 PM Conclusion of VSN chanting and Arathi

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.