- Wilton Hindu Temple has motivated many families to move to Wilton
- There is no specific offshoot attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases
- One of the major benefits of the temple is that no specific offshoot is attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases
“The temple gave us new life in Connecticut, when we came here, we felt so lonely. But Swami Balgopal taught us new things about how to live and how to worship to improve our lives.” Said Rajesh Ohri.
Rajesh Ohri just like many others moved from different parts of USA to Wilton where Swami Balgopal founded the Wilton Hindu Temple to serve the growing needs of the Hindu community, which as of today is thriving in the USA. Swami Balgopal founded the temple in 2014 and this temple represents Hindu community in the Fairfield County. He says, “When we chose Wilton, we came here for them, eighty families have moved to Wilton after we built the temple here.”
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68 Westport Road is the location where one can find the sacred temple; it was built to provide a safe and affordable location to Hindus, the population of whom have increased from 4,000 to 20,000 adherents since 2010. Based on his involvement with local Hindu committees in Fairfield County and the American Hindu RCO Mandir in New York for the past 15 years, Balgopal has assumed this number since official census no longer gather data based on religious affiliations reported worldhindunews.com.
One of the major benefits of the temple is that no specific offshoot is attached to its name and hence any Hindu can come to the temple, anytime he pleases. This universality not only gives the temple a better reputation but also displays a wider representation of the community in Fairfield. “Every week I see new cars, new babies, new homes,” he said. “You can really see that the Hindu population is growing. It’s an amazing thing.”
Life Before Wilton Hindu Temple
All Hindu families stayed in Middletown, Flushing, N.Y., or Pomona, N.J. as that’s where all the available temples were. Families wanted to raise their kids in an environment that had some trace of their backgrounds which would in turn help inculcating strong moral values about their cultural community. Artie Rokkam faced this same scenario; she lived in Stamford for 10 years before she moved to Wilton. “We are a young generation of Indians that have immigrated and we all have very young kids,” she said. “The desire to be able to raise your kids in knowledge and awareness of their roots is a common thread across the community.”
According to worldhindunews.com, the above case existed even in the late 60’s when the numbers of Indians were far lesser – 50 to 70 people – as the same desire to fulfil spiritual and cultural needs filled their hearts. Janardan Upadhyaya who moved to Stamford from India in 1968 and later to Fairfield said, “We used to get together and have a prayer at somebody’s house once a month, from childhood, I had the opportunity to stay with my grandparents and they taught me what is Indian culture and why we need to pray to have peace of mind. I saw that and people got the knowledge and that way I started helping people how to pray.”
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Wilton Hindu Temple has motivated many families to move to Wilton, not only for the temple but also for a greater sense of bonding, to keep the faith alive in the religion and to see the Hindu community grow.
– by Karishma Vanjani, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots
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