Hindu Community to Celebrate Opening of Temple

April 25, 2007

Author: Jonathan Turner

Source: Quad Cities Online


ROCK ISLAND -- Hindus throughout western Illinois and eastern Iowa will celebrate the grand opening of the $1 million Quad City Hindu Temple this weekend.

The one-story, 7,294-square-foot building off 14th Street West, near the Milan Beltway and U.S. 67, has been in the works almost six years. It will serve 450 Hindus in the region, including Clinton, Dubuque, Galesburg and Macomb, said board member Arun Pillutla.

'We want as many people as possible to use the space, in line with the mission of the temple,' he said of the community room, which can seat up to 70 people, and will be available for private receptions or other events.

Construction of the temple was funded entirely by private donations, including many from non-Hindu families and from Hindus all over the world, according to the web site.

'I am personally very glad to say that we had people of all faiths who contributed,' said Mr. Pillutla, an India native who moved to the Quad-Cities in 1999 to join the business faculty at St. Ambrose University.