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About the Hindu Temple

As in tradition as well as described in vaastushaastras our mandir in Birmingham will be a three dimensional representaton of a mandala or in other words it will be a representation of cosmos in miniature.

It will be 3,600 square feet square structure with the principle entrance from north leading to the chief sanctuary (garbha-grha or mulsthana) of the mandir. The deities are arranged in a U Shape with the principle ones in north-south axis.

Nine manin vedic-murti's is in the main arrangement and there is provision for subsidiary deities in individual niches along the wall. This would serve the needs of the entire community.

The hall for the worshipers (mandap) is large and could accomadate up to 300 devotees simultaneously. There is a provision for circumbulation (pradhakshina) and the decoration (alankar) of individual deities will be done in traditional hindu mandir style.

We are placing a cupola over the sanctuary with a planned traditional shikhara to replace the cupola in not too distant future. In short the temple as planned should provide an extraordinary facility for worship both individual and group, performance of rite of passage, and celebration of festivals for our community.


The Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Birmingham
200 N Chandalar Dr
Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 621-1155


Directions To Temple From:

Tuscolosa, Gadsden or Anniston
Take I-459 and Exit to I-65 South, and then exit #247. Turn right on to Valleydale Road. (At 4th traffic light from exit ) Turn left to North Chandlar Drive. The temple is on the right side, behind Pelham fire station.

Huntsville
Take I-65 South to exit #247. Turn right on to Valleydale Road. (At 4th traffic light from exit ) Turn left to North Chandlar Drive. The temple is on the right side, behind Pelham fire station.

Montgomery
Take I-65 North to exit #247. Turn right on to Valleydale Road. (At 5th traffic light from exit ) Turn left to North Chandlar Drive. The temple is on the right side, behind Pelham fire station.

 

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History and Hinduism

For most of the last 2,000 years, the Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions have taught that our world started quite recently (around 4000 BCE) and will come to a complete end when God stopes the flow of time and establishes us in eternity. Hindus don't believe this. In 4000 BCE, their culture was already ancient.

Sage Advice: Yoga Vasishtha

"Devine Being, like a sea, surges upward in a wave of creation, then subsides again into its own nature. Waves of universes rise incessantly, in infinite numbers, one after another."
-- Yoga Vasishtha 2:19

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