Source: The Journal News
On October 13, 2003 The Journal News reported that hundreds attended the opening of Westchester's 1st Hindu temple. 800 worshippers chanted in Sanskrit as they sat cross-legged on the carpeted floors of the BAPS — Shree Swaminarayan Mandir (Temple) in Yonkers. The temple inauguration attracted Hindus not only from the tri-state area, which has the largest concentration of Indians in the United States, but from as far as Texas, Washington, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Organizers said they expected close to 2,000 people to attend the daylong festivities that would include religious discourses, religious singing and a lunch and dinner.