New Temple to Provide Roots for Evansville Hindus

August 12, 2006

Source: Courier & Press

On August 12, 2006 Courier & Press reported, "A group of men, women and children sit on the floor in front of a colorful altar adorned with flowers, candles, food offerings and images of Hindu deities. Different people take turns leading the group of 30 or so in Sanskrit and Hindi songs - prayers offering praise and asking forgiveness. The air hangs heavy with sweet incense, most of the women wear colorful saris, and no one is wearing shoes. Evansville-area Hindus gather here, a meeting room at Evansville's Central Library, once a month. They represent a small but growing part of the Tri-State landscape, and by year's end these believers will have their own worship space. In late July, local Hindus held a groundbreaking and ceremonial activities in Newburgh, where they will build a temple at the corner of Vann and Anderson roads. The first phase of the project will be a 5,000-square-foot worship space and community hall that will serve the estimated 300 families that live within 50 miles of Evansville. It will be the Tri-State's first Hindu temple. That building is planned for completion by the end of the year. If all goes according to plan, the next phase would come next year, with the installation of various Hindu deities and the hiring of a priest... The 1990 Census counted 194 Asian Indians living in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties and Henderson County, Ky. That number rose to 409 in the 2000 census."