Cincinnati Hindu Temple Reflects Diversity Within Hinduism

May 13, 2006

Source: The Enquirer

On May 13, 2006 The Enquirer reported, "God has a thousand names, according to one Hindu prayer. Indeed, in Hinduism - the world's oldest major religion and third-largest with 970 million adherents - there are more than 1,000 different representations of the One and infinite Supreme Being. The Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati in Union Township, Clermont County, recognizes that diversity with 15 different deities honored within its walls. Nimisha Nigam is a devotee of Chitragupta, a lesser-known deity in charge of keeping records of men's deeds, good and bad. She found the deity represented in this place of worship. 'What's fascinating and wonderful here is that the different communities don't segregate themselves from each other,' said the Mason woman, who attends with her husband, Pankaj, and their 18-month-old son, Praket. The Hindu followers who attend the temple on Klatte Road come from a variety of backgrounds, castes or social stations, and regions of India... In fact, worship is often done in family settings, and most Hindus create shrines in their homes. But the temple, which opened in May 1997, provides a place for communal worship and prayer. The temple is open daily, and followers attend events and worship services throughout the week. But Sundays are buzzing with activities. The temple has education classes for the young. And many of the region's 2,000 Hindu families attend scheduled pujas, or ritual worship sessions, devoted to particular deities."