Hindu Temple of Eastern Shore(HTES) was built in 1995 to serve the religious and cultural needs of a growing Hindu community in Salisbury and the surrounding eastern shore. This was indeed a magnificent achievement for a small community.
The first Hindu family moved to Salisbury in 1971. Between 1971 and 1991, the Hindu community grew steadily. As the community grew, it began to come together to celebrate religious ceremonies and cultural events in halls that were rented out in the area. By 1991, members of the community began to realize that they needed their place to worship and gather to celebrate their religion and culture. It was then that several members of the community came together and formulated the idea to build a temple in Salisbury,
A small group of elders often voiced the idea of having our temple to serve the needs of a growing Hindu community on the Eastern Shore. Up until that time, it had taken three to six hours of travel to visit the nearest temples in the Washington D.C., New York, and Pittsburgh area.
Dr. Dasan Potti was instrumental in getting the temple started. With his extensive knowledge and devotion to the Hindu religion, he was able to bring together the community in support of the project to build the temple. Dr. Potti’s vision was to have a temple, where all the Hindus would have a common place to worship, and a community center for children, where they could continue to learn the value of their religion and lead a clean and successful life.
The see for this ambitious idea finally germinated in the hearts of a dedicated group of ten people. They met regularly for over two years and worked hard to reach out to the rest of the community around the eastern shore; including Salisbury, Lewes Seaford, and Crisfield. Soon, a majority of the community was on board.
A construction committee was formed, and in 1993, a four and a half-acre lot on Parker Road was purchased by Dr. Dasan Potti, conducted a Bhoomi puja, a groundbreaking ceremony, and the construction started in 1994. The project was financed internally without a bank loan by a small group of Trustees.
Subsequently, the temple was opened in 1995 for full service with the Murti Stapana ceremony, an installation, and pranaprathishta of the idols, performed by priests invited from Siva Vishnu temple in Washington D.C. the marble idols of Radha Krishna, Siva Parvati, Durgamata, Saraswathimata, and Ram Parivar, were all hand sculpted in Jaipur, India. The Panchaloha Venkateswara idol was procured from Thirupathi, Andra Pradesh, India. Various fundraisers were held at the temple, including many yagnas to coincide with the installation of Deities. The temple was soon totally paid off by the generous donations from all of the devotees.
The HTES constitution was written to help maintain the temple. The founders became the first board of trustees of HTES. At present, there are twenty-seven members on the Board of Trustees. The board of directors is made up of fifteen members, of which ten come from the board of trustees, three from the general body, and two from benefactors of the temple. The executive committee of the temple is chosen from the boards of directors.
The temple has a priest who conducts daily pujas both in the morning as well as in the evening. Religious and cultural classes continue to be held throughout the year. Lots of various religious functions are also celebrated at the temple, including the performance of the Satyanatayan Kath every month. Over the years, the temple has become a true symbol of strength, unity, and equality in the community, and influences everyone who attends its functions.
The Hindu Temple of Eastern Shore was made possible because a seed was sown by a few and nurtured by all of our community.
We are very thankful to Lord Krishna for guiding us to this point. We are confident that with his blessings, our temple will continue to serve the needs of our diverse community.
!!!~~~JAI SHREE KRISHNA~~~!!!
Hindu Temple of Eastern Shore was established in 1993 under the leadership of
Mahabir P. Sharma, President
Harikisan R. Heda, Vice President
Deepak Amar Saggar, Secretary
Parshotam Rai Sharma, Treasurer
Bal & Brij Agarwal
Madhav & Saroja Barhan
Kota & Bina Chandrasekhara
Gambhirsinh & Sajan Chudasama
Rajan & Letha Embran
Harikisan & Vimla Heda
Dasan & Jalaja Potti
Ram & Sudha Potti
Suresh & Poornima Potti
Deepak & Jyoti Saggar
Mahabir & Vimla Sharma
Partha & Jayati Basumalik
Prakash & Meena Dalal
Ramdas & Anuradha Dujari
Pravin & Jyotsna Gohel
Jay & Daksha Harkhani
Jagmohan & Santosh Joshi
Vinod & Shashi Joshi
Mahesh & Neelam Moondra
Arvind & Ila Patel
Keshavji & Shanta Patel
Devinder & Asha Sharma
Parshotam Rai & Kusum Sharma
Virendra & Rekha Sharma
Raj & Mahay Shrestha
Ashok & Sanjiwan Soni
Balakrishnan & Anita Sridharan
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 2019
Gunjan Patel – President
Kamal Mandan – Vice President
Dipal Patel – 2nd Vice President
Daksha Harkhani – Secretary
Aman Tiwari – 2nd Secretary
Kamal Mandan – Treasurer
Rajan Emran – Assistant Treasurer
Kaushik Das – 3rd Treasurer
Hitesh Patel – Youth Coordinator
Arvind Patel – Member at Large
Jay Harkhani – Ex-President as Advisor
दातव्यमिति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे।
देशे काले च पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्त्विकं स्मृतम्
।। श्रीमद् भगवद्गीता 17.20।।
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That gift which is given to one who does nothing in return, knowing it to be a duty to give in a fit place and time to a worthy person, that gift is held to be Sattvic.
The Bhagavad Geeta 17.20
आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुरात्मैव रिपुरात्मनः
।।श्रीमद् भगवद्गीता 6.5।।
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One should raise oneself by one’s Self alone; let not one lower oneself; for the Self alone is the friend of oneself, and the Self alone is the enemy of oneself.
The Bhagavad Geeta 6.5