Temple for All

The temple is called Sarvajana Mandir  (Temple for all People). It is open every day in the morning and in the evening (all day on week ends) to provide a spiritual atmosphere for all people irrespective of their faith. The mission of the temple is to provide a place of worship for the followers of Hinduism and to facilitate and offer services to perform various poojas and religious/auspicious activities. It strives to have spiritual and cultural upliftment for all relating to Sanatana Dharma (proper name for Hindu religion) and allied Hindu beliefs, while affirming the concept of global family.

About HCCNA Temple

Introduction

The Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama (HCCNA) is a registered Non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its mission is to promote spiritual and cultural upliftment for all relating to Sanatana Dharma and allied Hindu beliefs, while affirming the concept of global family. The current HCCNA Temple was consecrated in June 2005 and the deities were installed with an elaborate week-long Vedic ceremony conducted by priests and spiritually energized by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami  Viditatmananda and other religious and community leaders. The deities installed in the first phase are Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra in the center as you enter the temple, Lord Ganesha on the left side and Lord Venkateswara on the right. Other deities were installed on all three sides of the temple in 2006 and later in elaborate Vedic ceremony. The deities were Ganesha, Durga, Karthikeya, Sri Mahalakshmi, Radha Krishna, Sri Saraswati, Ram Parivar, Navagrahas, Shiva Parvati (Lingaraj), Kali, Hanuman, Durga, Lords Mahavir and Parshwanath and Lord Buddha.

Architecture

The temple architecture in the Hindu tradition is connected to astronomy and sacred geometry. The temple is a representation of the macrocosm (the universe) and the microcosm (the inner space). The temple consists of inner sanctums in which the idols are housed, with space for its circumambulation, and a congregation hall. The sanctum is crowned by a tower carved by skilled artisans called Shilpi’s. The tower called Shikhara or Vimana is visible from a distance as a symbol of upward human aspiration and as a landmark of the temple.