Sri Venkateswara Temple & Cultural Center in Michigan, USA inaugurated its grand Hindu temple with six days of celebrations and rituals that ended June 2, 2013. Built at Novi, MI on more than 10 acres of land, the temple is 30,000 sq. ft. in area and cost about $10 million to build.
Thousands of Hindu devotees attended the rituals performed by two dozen priests from the United States and India, which included Prana Prathista and other rituals such as Nivedanams, Homams, Arachanams, Abhishekam, etc., apart from music concerts, classical dance performances and mantra chanting.
A mahogany door hand-carved with the 10 Avatars of Vishnu leads to the sanctum sanctorum of this temple, which took about five years to build, and is said to have been carved out of Sadarali Gray granite from a South Indian quarry. Built on Vedic principles, it is regarded as the first all-granite Hindu temple in North America.
Besides being a venue for worship and prayer, the SV temple would also organize Sunday school on Hindu scriptures, festivals, cultural events, programs for spiritual growth, youth activities, etc. The temple is open 365-days a year from 9 a.m. onward. For more information, please visit http://www.svtemplemi.org.