U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 5, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On February 5, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "members of Denver's growing Hindu community gathered Sunday at their suburban temple to pray and donate cash for their homeland," following the earthquake in India. The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies has raised $3,000 for earthquake relief. "The Colorado temple, at 8375 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Jefferson County, has become a spiritual and social hub for the metro area's approximately 10,000 Hindu worshipers. Though the temple didn't exist four years ago, as many as 1,000 people now attend on special holidays...In recent years, dozens of Indian nationals have moved to Denver to work in the telecommunications and cable television industries...The congregation's priest estimated that 3,000 of Colorado's 10,000 Hindus are U.S. citizens; the rest are here on six-year work visas from India." Sunday's service included chants and "prayers for the souls of the dead and for the sorrows of the earthquake victims' families."