The Radha Kalachandji Hare Krishna Temple houses one of the oldest deity forms of Krishna outside of India. The idol dates back to 500 years of tradition in India where it was worshipped in opulence as the Supreme Godhead by thousand of devotees.
The North Texas Hindu Mandir was formally established in 2002; prior to that in 1992, it was initially organized as CHANT (Caribbean Hindus of North Texas). It is a unique temple that sets itself apart from other Hindu temples, with its origin stemming mostly from the Caribbean Hindus and its members from different parts of the world. It embraces and inculcates diverging beliefs of Hinduism while maintaining a sense of unity amongst its member. A visit to this temple promises quaint but enlightening experiences.
The DFW temple, also known as the Ekta Mandir was devised by a group of devotees in 1981. The temple aims at providing a place of worship and a space for spiritual wellness for the Hindu community of Dallas and the surrounding area. Within the community, it is well known for its festive poojas. It is a popular place for family celebrations such as marriages, anniversaries, birthday parties, and for such celebrations, the Cultural hall is available for rent. A visit to the temple especially during the festive seasons is highly recommended.
The Sri Guruvayurappan temple was established in 2011 by the members of the Kerala Hindu Society of North Texas which has been in existence since 1985. The temple is built in traditional Kerala style architecture, modeled on the famous Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayur. One can experience the traditional rituals and rites of Kerala in Dallas with a visit to this temple. Monthly Ayyappa, Ganapathy, Aayila, and Bhadrakali poojas are held here.
The Radha Krishna Temple was set up in July of 2017 under the leadership of Swami Mukunananda and the JKYog, a spiritual, non-profit organization. The architectural style of the temple follows the traditional guidelines laid out in the Shilpa Shastra. It is designed to accommodate gatherings for worship, cultural performances, religious events, and other community events. The temple is truly an architectural and cultural structure to behold
The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple was established in November of 2004 and since then it has undergone various changes in structure and location. It is a Sarva – Dharma place of worship that promotes the teachings of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. The structure of the temple is neither elaborate nor large; however, it is well maintained and has its own charm. The Charm lies in the devotion and the faith that has brought the community together and made the existence of the temple possible.
The Bochasanswi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) initiated the construction of the Mandir in Dallas in 2004. It is one of the many Swaminarayan temple initiated by the Sanstha all around the world. The architectural style is in complete allegiance to the traditional Indian architecture, built entirely out of stones and marbles.
The Buddhist Temple of Dallas, also known as The Wat Buddha or The Buddhist center of Dallas was initiated in January of 1982 by 6 Buddhist monks from Thailand with unanimous support from the Thai Buddhist community of Texas. The temple offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and meditating. Talks on Dhamma, Kamma, and Sila are held at intervals. Amongst the locals, the temple is famed for its authentic Thai cuisine offered on the weekends.
Dallas Texas Temple, also known as the Mormon temple Dallas was established in October 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley. It is the 30th operating temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was one of the first in Texas. The temple is also lauded for its architectural beauty; dramatic spires coupled with large sloping roofs.
The idea of the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir was initiated in the 1980s by a group of Haribhaktos however it was in July of 1991 that the physical manifestation of the mandir became a reality. With the increasing popularity of the mandir, the monthly Satsang has been upgraded to weekly ones. Cultural and religious events are held at the Mandir regularly and emphasis on the participation of the youths is emphasized through the youth activities the temple undertakes
The Kapardi Shirdi Sai Temple is a relatively new institution, it was founded in 2013 with the aim to operate exclusively for religious, Charitable, Educational purposes and to satisfy the need for a place of worship. The faith and the worship of the Great Saint Shri Gajanan Maharaj are propagated by the temple.
The Jain Society of North Texas (JSNT) established in 1982, is a non-profit organization that strives to promote principles and practices of Jainism. Its temple, Derasar is a self-contained Chaityalaya where religious and educational activities weekly are hosted. Jain scholars, monks, and dignitaries provide discourses to help in learning and practicing of Jain philosophy. Facilities of the temple also include a prayer and meeting Hall, a kitchen, a pathshala room, and a library that are accessible to the members of the society any time of the day.
The Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Dallas, also known as the Wat Jetapon Khemaram was established in 1986 on the outskirts of the Dallas countryside. The temple is a huge structure with many buildings and a vast empty ground where every April, the Khmer New year is celebrated in. As you walk along with the temple you will be able to spot Cambodian artwork. The Gates to the entrance of the temple is a replica of the ones at Angkor Wat; handcrafted and sculpted by the monks and community volunteers
Wat Lao Thepnimih, also known as Wat Saginaw is a non-profit charitable religious institution that strives to provide a suitable environment to learn and practice Buddhism and to preserve Lao tradition and cultures. It relies on the community’s donation for all the temple operating expenses, yet it is the largest Lao temple in Dallas. Apart from the usual religious events; the main event that draws the crowd in is the Loa New Year; held in April of every year where you can experience and enjoy the traditional Laotian culture and practices.
Sri Lakshmi Ganapati Temple is a relatively new structure, established on the 5th of June 2011. The temple is not architecturally elaborate as most Hindu Temples come by, rather it is a small and serene space. The temple offers worship to several deities - Navagraha, Venkatajalapathi with Lakshmi Ganapathi as the main deity.
Sri Ganesha Temple was founded in 2006, to meet the growing demands for a place of worship within the Hindu Community of North Texas. It moved to the current location in 2009 and with the support from the community a new temple is being built. The temple offers Paid Pooja, classes for adults and children in Bhajan, Veda, Bhagavad Gita, Indian classical dances, Arts and crafts, Indian languages, and yoga. The Temple Hall is also available to rent for events like weddings, birthday, or family gatherings.
The Wat Buddharatnaram, also known as Wat Keller is a non-profit, Theravada tradition Buddhist temple, dedicated to propagating the divine abidings in accordance with the Buddhist teachings. The structure of the temple is an architectural beauty built in reminiscent of traditional Thai temples. The main Temple features a massive, beautiful, golden statue of Buddha which is rumored to be one of the biggest in all of the USA. The serene atmosphere draws locals to the temple, it is a popular site to relax and wind down.
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