Religious Center Helps Families to Spread Hindu Values

November 6, 2007

Author: Irene Sege

Source: The Boston Globe

ANDOVER - Dozens of children, some in traditional tunics and others in jeans and T-shirts, sit in neat rows on Indian rugs in the multipurpose room of the Chinmaya Maruti Hindu center. Adults, most of the women wearing saris, sit in chairs behind them. Facing a shrine to Hanuman, the monkey deity, they chant hymns of praise in Sanskrit and Hindi.

Thus starts another Sunday of study for the Indian-American families who come from as far away as Rhode Island to this copper-roofed, white-columned, light-filled building that opened in 2003. What started in 1989 in the basement of principal Shashikala Dwarakanath's nearby home has become the area's largest religious education program for Hindu children.