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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
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Swami Ayyappa Pooja  -  Saturday, December 19, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
4:00 PM Sri Ayyappa Pooja

Vaikunta Ekadashi  -  Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
7:00 AM Morning Vaikunta Dwaram/Darshanam
7:00 PM Conclusion of VSN chanting and Arathi

2016 New Year Balaji Kalyanam  -  Friday, January 01, 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016
10:30 AM Balaji Kalyanam

Bhogi/Lohri Celebrations  -  Thursday, January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
6:00 PM Bhogi-Loharai Celebrations

Makara Sankranthi Celebrations  -  Friday, January 15, 2016

Andal Kalyanam  -  Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday, January 16, 2016
10:30 AM Andal-Ranganatha Kalyanam

Basanth Panchami  -  Saturday, February 13, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
11:00 AM Saraswati Abhishekam

Sri Madhva Navami  -  Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
11:00 AM Pavamana Homa

Maha Shivaratri  -  Sunday, March 06, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam

HTCC Holi Celebrations  -  Sunday, March 27, 2016
Holi is traditionally observed all over India during the month of Phalguna(the last month in Hindu Calendar), before the onset of Spring. The festival of Holi can be regarded as a celebration of the Colors of Unity & Brotherhood - an opportunity to forget all differences. It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of cast, creed, color or status. It is an occasion when sprinkling colored powder or colored water on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same and universal brotherhood is reaffirmed. This is one simple reason to participate in this colorful festival
Sunday, March 27, 2016
12:00 AM Holi Pooja and Holika Dahan
12:00 PM Celebration with colors Music and SPECIAL LUNCH

Ugadi (Lunar New Year)  -  Saturday, April 09, 2016
Saturday, April 9, 2016
11:00 AM Balaji Utsava Murthi Abhishekam/Panchanga Sravana

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.