A New Hindu Temple in Wichita

January 24, 2004

Source: The Wichita Eagle


On January 24, 2004 the Wichita Eagle reported, "At Wichita's only Hindu temple, Sriraman Kadambi makes sure the gods are properly cared for. He is the priest for the temple at 320 N. Zelta, a modest, white building outside but elaborately decorated inside... On Feb. 7, the Hindu Temple will celebrate Thai Poosam festival. According to Hindu tradition, the ceremony celebrates the victory of Lord Subramanya, the son of one of Hindu's greatest gods, Lord Shiva, over the evil demon Tharakasura. Opened in June 2002, the temple is a long-awaited source of pride and identity for the Indian Hindu community, which is estimated at 250 families and 400 students; most of the latter attend Wichita State University. " The temple was completed despite a zoning controversy that erupted nearly four years over the temple's construction.