Hindu Temple to Open In Spring

February 18, 2009

Author: Leeanne T. Stronach

Source: Wicked Local Holbrook


Instead of a new eating establishment taking over the former Friendly’s Restaurant on South Franklin Street, a new Hindu temple, the Braj Mandir, will make that site its home.

In a town where one can find several places of worship, Laura McFarland, coordinator of the Braj Mandir, finds this comforting.

“What’s nice in that area is you have so many religions represented,” she said.

Other places of worship found in Holbrook include the Winthrop Congregational Church, the Holbrook Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Brookville Baptist Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Temple Beth Shalom.

The Braj Mandir will be a Hindu temple devoted to the teachings of a feminine god, said Kesav Sharan, president of the Vrindavana Preservation Society (VPS).

The VPS is an organization based out of Quincy that for the past ten years has supported many Hindu-based cultural activities throughout New England as well as several service projects for the people of India.

The VPS has grown to 1,800 members coming from all over New England with a majority from the South Shore.

With its membership expanding, the VPS wanted to establish a place of worship where daily services and weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations could be held.