After months of painstaking work, hand-painting the temple and preparing for overseas guests, the Hindu-American Temple in Morganville is ready to celebrate its expansion.
From June 28 to July 4, the Krishna Temple is holding religious events from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The temple has flown in dignitaries and high-priests from all over the world to bless the temple and welcome the expansion to the community.
"The Temple plans to perform this authentic celebration with the participation of learned religious scholars from India, and other parts of the world," according to a news release.
The temple is located on Wooleytown Road, off of Texas Road. The events are expected to bring in thousands of people from around the world and state, as Morganville welcomes the largest Hindu-American Temple in New Jersey.
Expansions to the temple include:
- Priest quarters consisting of twelve, fully-furnished apartments
- A 130-feet walkway, with fountains and lighting, is to be completed before the Kumbhabhishekam.
- The upper level of the temple houses all the sanctums within an area of 17,500 sq. ft.
- The lower level has a multi-purpose hall, facilities, gift-shop, class rooms etc. Broad , magnificent granite steps lead to the temple in the upper level.
- The temple is built on a 40 acre property with parking for over 300 cars, with access from Texas Road and Wooleytown Road in Morganville.
The largest celebration is scheduled for Sunday, when a live elephant will be ridden by a high-priest from India.
"Showering of flowers from a helicopter during the Kumbhabhishekam, worship of cow and elephant, traditional Nadaswaram recital by musicians from India, a ceremonious car-festival and procession with the Lord seated on top of the elephant in the evening of July 1, will add to the excitement!" the release said.
Parking on Saturday and Sunday will not be on the Temple grounds, but at . Guests will be shuttled to the event. No parking is permitted on side streets near the Temple. Please allow additional 30 Mins. for the shuttle commute.
For more information visit the temple's website.