Source: India Post News Service
The Staten Island Hindu temple celebrated the Prana Pratistha, a ceremony during which the consecration of the Hindu deities Sri Shiva and Parvati, Sri Karthikeya, Durga Mata, Lakshmi Mata, Saraswati Mata, Sri Radha Krishna and Sri Hanumanji at the temple in a three-day ceremony, from May 23 to 25. This marks the third stage completion of the temple dedicated to Shree Ram Parivar with all other important Hindu deities.
The final completion will be with Navagraha, Sivalingam and Mahavir. The temple will be known as Shree Ram Mandir. This is the only temple dedicated to the deity Shree Rama in the tri-state. All the Hindu deities referred above that are being consecrated have been specially ordered from India. The temple is the dream of the small Hindu Community of Staten Island who put in the effort to make it possible.
This will give the Staten Island Community a chance to offer their prayers in Staten Island instead of traveling some distance to Maha Vallabha Ganapathy temple in Flushing, Queens and Sri Venketeswara Temple in Bridge Water, New Jersey. The temple will serve to the prayer needs of the Hindu Community besides offering facilities for community and cultural events.