Area Hindus Gather for Worship in Lutheran Church

March 15, 2005

Source: The Argus Leader

On March 15, 2005 The Argus Leader reported, "[Siouxland India Cultural Association], a nonprofit association meets once a month in the former Immanuel Lutheran Church, which had moved to a new location a few years earlier. Last year, the Indian association bought the empty building, which stands two stories high and holds a kitchen, meeting hall and about eight other rooms. Members had previously congregated at each other's homes. Participants were organized by a Yahoo group via e-mail and total about 100 families from Sioux Falls, Dakota Dunes, Vermillion and Yankton. Others come from parts of Iowa, including Sioux City, as well as Nebraska. At the monthly meetings, 30 to 50 worship together in a Hindu service called a pooja... Getting together with others who share culture and religion is especially important in a state such as South Dakota, where Indian Americans make up a small percentage of population, said Mahendri Raidoo, a physician from Sioux Falls who has lived in the state for three years."