Hinduism in Greater Boston

1788-1845 Maritime trade between Salem and India introduces Massachusetts to the world of Hinduism.

1820s Ralph Waldo Emerson begins to write of India in his journals.

1841 John Christian Frederick Heyer and three missionary couples sail from Boston bound for Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

1855 Emerson and Henry David Thoreau receive the Rig Veda, the Mandukya Upanishad, the Laws of Manu, the Sankhya Karikas, and Hardy’s Manual of Buddhism.

1893 Swami Vivekananda arrives in Boston on his way to the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

1894  Swami Vivekananda visits and speaks at Green Acre, Sarah Farmer’s rural home in Eliot, Maine.

1894 Swami Vivekananda lectures at Sever Hall at Harvard University.

1894 & 1896 Swami Vivekananda lectures in Cambridge at the 168 Brattle Street residence of Mrs. Ole Bull.

1896 Swami Vivekananda lectures at Harvard to the Harvard Philosophical Society.

1896 Swami Saradananda visits Green Acre and 168 Brattle Street.

1909 Swami Paramananda establishes the first home of the Boston Vedanta Society on St. Botolph Street and a Vedanta Society retreat center in Cohasset.

1920 Paramahansa Yogananda arrives in Boston and establishes the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF).

1920-1924 Paramahansa Yogananda and his students meet in Davis Square in Somerville, Copley Square in Boston, and in students’ homes in Arlington and Brookline.

1941 Swami Akhilananda establishes a permanent Vedanta center in Boston at 687 Boylston Street.

1941 A building at 58 Deerfield Street in the Back Bay is donated as the center for the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of Boston.

1965 Srila Prabhupada of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) arrives in Boston.

1968 The ISKCON temple opens in Allston.

1978 The Shishu Bharati School of Languages and Culture of India is established.

1978 The inaugural function of New England Hindu Temple, Inc. takes place at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Melrose.

1985 Satsang organization (of the Satsang Center in Woburn) is founded.

1987 Amma’s Boston Area Satsang Group (ABASG) is founded.

1987 The Boston chapter of International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) is established.

1989 Ganeshe Temple is founded.

1990 The opening celebration of the Sri Lakshmi Temple in Ashland takes place over
the course of one week.

1992 Ganeshe Temple in Dorchester is opened.

1993 Satsang Center in Woburn is opened.

1995 Sadhu Vaswani Center of New England is founded.

1996 Darshana: The Wellesley College Hindu Community is founded.

1997 Dharma: Harvard’s Hindu Students Association is founded.

1998 Vrindavan Preservation Society is founded.

2000 Swaminarayan Temple in Fall River is founded.

2001 Sarva Dev Hindu Mandir is founded.

2002 Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lowell is founded.

2003 Chinmaya Maruti Center in Ashland is founded.

2006 International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Mandir in Lowell is installed.

2006 New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar (NESSP) is founded.

2007 NESSP’s Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is opened.

2009 Braj Mandir in Holbrook is established.

2009 The Grand Inauguration and Kumbhabhishekam of Chinmaya Maruti Center in Andover takes place.