The Broome Street Ganesh Temple was established in 2001, under the guidance and with the blessings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India.
The ceremony was performed fourteen days after the tragic events of September 11th, and was commenced with a public Vedic prayer service for those who perished, and for those deeply affected by loss. It was an important and powerful time for a traumatized lower Manhattan to gather together in prayer, and to begin building a spiritual base amidst the smoke and sadness that hung over the streets of New York.
It was, to our knowledge, the first Ganesha temple in Manhattan consecrated in accordance with Vedic rituals.
During the ensuing years, the installation of Bhakta Anjaneya (Hanuman) was performed, followed by the installations of the Siva Linga and the Durga Cave Temple.
We are forever grateful to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Purohits Ramachandra Athreiya, Rami Ramanujacharya, Ganesha Bhat, Prakash Bhat and Bhairava Murti for performing the consecrations of the deities in the temple.
These beautiful temples provide both seekers and devotees the unique opportunity to exit the frenetic energy of Manhattan and enter a tranquil and beautiful space, wherein one can feel peace, calm and a connection to the timeless culture of India’s spiritual traditions.
It is our goal to engage in the following endeavors: to preserve traditional lineages, and to encourage knowledge, devotion and charity in ourselves, as well as fellow human beings.
We hope to accomplish these goals through the following three activities:
At the Broome Street Ganesha Temple we take joy in maintaining and sharing the traditional practices of our lineages. The devotion that has manifested in the temple has created a unique and spiritually resonant space for those seeking refuge from our busy and crowded world. It serves as an ideal setting for satsang, a central idea in Hindu thought — keeping the company of like-minded people for the purpose of elevating the mind and spirit. Being among such people, we gain courage, enthusiasm, happiness, and surrender.