Research Sites

America Sevashrama Sangha
is a Guyanese Hindu ashram-temple in Jamaica, Queens which is especially notable for its focus on programs for and by its youth.

Ammachi Satsang of the Upper West Side
Worshippers of the guru Ammachi, commonly recognized as “the Hugging Saint,” attend weekly satsangs during which they recite devotional mantras in her honor.

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
is a retreat center for adults and children in Saylorsburg, PA that features a broad range of courses (Sanskrit, Vedanta, yoga, Ayurveda, music) under the general leadership of Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Arunachala Ashrama
is a place of retreat in Jamaica, Queens dedicated to the memory of the widely venerated South Indian Hindu saint Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950).

Arya Spiritual Center, Jamaica, Queens
The Arya Spiritual Center in Jamaica, Queens, is one of New York’s foremost Indian-Caribbean Arja Samaj centers.

Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome Street Temple
In this distinctive and unusual space Ganesha and other gods are worshiped and yoga is taught as well–sometimes simultaneously.

The Bangladesh Hindu Mandir
This Queens temple orients itself toward Bangladesh in particular but welcomes many other Bengali speakers as well.

Bala Vihar at the Chinmaya Mission
is an educational service for children and young adults who live in proximity to Floral Park, New York and is connected with the worldwide Chinmaya Mission.

Be Yoga, Manhattan
Be Yoga, with its several locations in the New York area, is headed by Alan Finger, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the yoga industry in America.

Columbia University’s Hindu Students Organization
is a gathering place for Hindu students at Columbia University, associated with the Office of the University Chaplain.

Divya Dham
is a strikingly beautiful temple built in a warehouse in Woodside, Queens.

Durga Temple, South Brunswick, NJ
The Durga Mandir is a haven for goddess worship and Hindu female empowerment in New Jersey.

Geeta Temple, Elmhurst, Queens
A life history of Swami Jagdishwarananda as it led to the founding and development of the Geeta Temple.

Infinity Foundation
of Princeton, NJ was founded by Rajiv Malhotra as a charitable organization dedicated to acts of wisdom and compassion. Mr. Malhotra and the Foundation have in recent years become major players in the politics of “representing Hinduism” in higher education in the United States.

Jain Center of America
of Elmhurst, Queens serves as one of the most important gathering points for Jains living in the New York metropolitan area.

Jivamukti Yoga Center
is one of New York’s best known yoga centers.

Locating Ayurveda in New York City
This profile considers connects between the New York Ayurveda and Panchakarma Center and the Ayurveda Café, both in Manhattan.

Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, Queens
The Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, located in Flushing, Queens, is probably New York’s best known Hindu temple.

Namaste Bookshop, Crystal Shop, and Healing Center
is a complex of settings on or near 14th Street, Manhattan, where specifically Hindu sensibilities mix with some that are more broadly “New Age.”

The Navatman School
teaches bharatanatyam alongside several other art forms indigenous to India.  We approach it as an aspect of “Hinduism Here” because of bharatanatyam’s many links to the Hindu tradition, past and present.

Phagwah Parade, Jamaica, Queens
The Phagwah Parade is an annual parade in Richmond Hill, Queens sponsored by Indo-Caribbean Hindus to celebrate the holiday Phagwah (also know as Holi).

RA MA Institute of Applied Yogic Sciences
is an offshoot of the 3HO Foundation established by Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, a.k.a. Yogi Bhajan, in 1969.

Radha Govinda Mandir
Historically speaking, the Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn one of the most influential temples belonging to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Shiva Mandir
Formally the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Shiva Mandir, this temple has Indo-Caribbean institutional origins.

Shri Ambaji Mandir Hindu Community Center
This Gujarati-speaking temple–interesting in part because of its separately housed educational wing (Vidyakendra)–is said to be the first Hindu temple to have been established in New Jersey.

Shri Surya Narayan Mandir
At the ritual center of this guru-focused Indo-Caribbean temple is the god Surya Narayan, the sun.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, one of New York City’s oldest yoga establishments, is located in a residential section of Chelsea.

Sri Guru Ravidas Sabha
is a Sikh gurdwara in Woodside, Queens that keeps alive the legacy of the 16th-century saint Ravidas, who is revered by both Hindus and Sikhs.

Vaisnav Temple of New York
is located in Holliswood, Queens and is a regional expression of the theologically influential Vallabha (or Pushtimargiya) Sampradaya of north and northwest India.

The Vedanta Society of New York
The Vedanta Society of New York is America’s oldest Hindu organization.