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Swaminarayan Temple (ISSO) (2006)

Gujarati Vaishnavi (Hinduism)

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Description

Activities and Schedule

The temple offers daily aarti and darshan. For a list of complete services, festivals, and events, visit the temple's site: http://www.swaminarayan.org/globalnetwork/america/boston.htm

History

The Swaminarayan Temple, located in a former church off Route 133 on the Lowell/Tewksbury line, was inaugurated on September 1, 1990. The temple belongs to the International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO), an umbrella organization with over thirty chapters around the world. The Boston chapter of ISSO was established in May 1987.

Description

The community practices a form of Hindu Vaishnavism focused on Lord Swaminarayan, an 18th century guru, who is believed to be a manifestation of Vishnu and thus deserving of worship and devotion. Inside the Temple are images of Lord Swaminarayan, as well as Naranarayan, Radha-Krishna, Hanuman, and Ganesha. Worship services, held on Saturdays, include bhajans, prayers, and pujas. The Temple also holds classes for children on Saturdays.

Date Center Founded
1990

Membership
200 people

Ethnic Composition
Primarily South Asian from Gujarat