Monday - Friday : 6.00pm to 8.30pm, Saturday - Sunday : 10.00am to 1.00pm, 3rd Saturday : 6.00pm to 9.00pm Ph: (718) 727-5151


Hanuman Chalisha Parayana on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm & Saturdays at 11:30 am | Shiva Abhishekam on Mondays, Nava Graha Abhishekam on Saturdays | Purna Vidya classes for children (4 - 13 years old) & young adults (13 years and older) on every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, (Mrs. Kamala and Mrs. Vanita will conduct) |


The temple purchased an old residential house at 1318 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York 10301 in June 2001. Congregation of devotees on Friday evenings continued at the United Dongan Hill/ South Avenue Community hall uninterruptedly. The house at Victory Boulevard was demolished and a new building was constructed. Bhumi puja for this new building was held on March 26, 2004. It took two years to complete the construction and receive the Certificate of Occupancy. The inaugural Puja for the new building was performed on March 25, 2006.


"All Sanctum Sanctorum for the main and sub-deities have now been completed. The presiding deities are Sri Ram Parivar and the sub-deities are Sri Ganapathi, Sri Siva, Sri Durga/Parvathi, Sri Karthikeya, Sri Hanuman, Sri Radhakrishna, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Saraswathi, Sri Ayyappa, Sri Mahavira, Navagrahas and Shiva Linga. Ram Parivar made of white marble was donated to the temple by Shri Gulab Kothari, Editor and Managing Director of Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur. Prana Pratishta of the Navagrahas and the Siva Linga has been completed."


The Hindu families residing in Staten Island organized together under the banner of Staten Island Hindu Temple for the purpose of building a temple in the Island for the first time in 1997. The temple was registered by the State of New York as of December 22, 1997 as a not-for-profit organization to foster Hindu religious traditions and ideals in the community. The bylaws of the temple were adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 28, 1998. Devotees started assembling on Friday evening every week for prayer in a rented hall.


  • Saturday, Oct 1 thur Tuesday, Oct 11th

    Devi Navarātri Celebrations

  • Saturday, Oct 1st

    4:00 pm Mata-ki-Chowki

  • Sunday, Oct 2nd

    3:30pm Sundara Kãnda Pãrayanam

  • Friday, Oct 7th

    7:00pm Sri Durga, Lakshmi & Saraswati Pooja,Saraswati Aavāhanam

  • Saturday, Oct 8th

    10:00am Sri Akanda Rāmāyana Pārāyanam Begins

  • Sunday, Oct 9th

    11:15 am Sri Durga & Saraswati Abhishekam, Durgāshtami

    12:15 pm Kanya Pooja

  • Monday, Oct 10th

    7:15 pm Sri Lakshmi & Saraswati Abhishekam, Maha Navami

  • Tuesday, Oct 11th

    7:00 pm Sri Durga, Lakshmi & Saraswati Abhishekam

    8:15 pm Vidyārambham by Children, Vijaya Dašami

  • Saturday, Oct 15th

    4:00 pm-6:00 pm Sri Satyanārayana Pooja, Poornima

    6:00 pm-9:00pm Sri Ayyappa Abhishekam, Bhajans, Archana & Ārati

  • Sunday, Oct 16th

    9:00am Chandi Homam

  • Sunday, Oct 30th

    7:00 pm Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam, Dēpa Lakshmi Pooja

    7:45pm Sri Lakshmi Sahashranãma Kumkumãrchana, Dēpāvali

  • Monday, Oct 31st thru Sunday, Nov 6th

    Sri Skanda Shashti Utsavam



Lord Ayyappa

Ayyappan (also called Sastavu , Manikandan or Sasta) is a Hindu deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Dharma Sasta, the offspring of Shiva and Vishnu (in the form of Mohini, his only female avatar)

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Rama is the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, and a king of Ayodhya. Rama is also the protagonist of the Hindu epic Ramayana, which narrates his supremacy. Rama is one of the many popular figures and deities in Hinduism, specifically Vaishnavism and Vaishnava religious scriptures in South and Southeast Asia.

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Goddess Durga

Durga is the original manifested form of Mother Parvati or Adi-Parashakti. Durga is Adi-Parashakti herself. The Devi Gita, declares her to be the greatest Goddess.

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Goddess Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning.She is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to create, maintain and regenerate-recycle the Universe respectively.

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God ShivaParvathi

Shiva, also known as Mahadeva ("Great God"), is a popular Hindu deity. Shiva is regarded as one of the primary forms of God. He is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.

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God Ganesh

Ganesha also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations.

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God Hanuman

Hanuman is a Hindu god and an ardent devotee of Rama. He is a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana and its various versions. He also finds mentions in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts.

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Goddess Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife and active energy of Vishnu.

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The lingam (also linga, ling, Shiva linga, Shiv ling)is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples. In traditional Indian society, the linga is rather seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of God, Shiva himself.

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God Subramanyaswami

Subramaniyan is the Hindu god of war. He is the commander-in-chief of the army of the devas (gods) and the son of Shiva and Parvati.Murugan is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island.

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God Venkateshwara

Venkateswara also known as Srinivasa, Balaji, Venkata, and Venkatacalapati, is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Nava Grahas

Navagrahas are deities in Hindu belief, and Hindu astrology. There are nine Navagraha. They include the Sun; the Moon; the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn; and the ascending and descending lunar nodes, respectively known as Rahu and Ketu.

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The Evolution of Staten Island Hindu Temple, Inc, Shree Ram Mandir

Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of the New York City, famous for more than 170 parks and known as “Greenest Borough” is an ideal place for contemplation. The proximity of the Island to other boroughs of New York City as well as State of New Jersey make it all the more suitable for immigrants from all over to call it home. During the 1970 to 1980 the population of Hindus grew at a faster pace on the island, and continue to grow. To fulfill their spiritual needs, Hindus congregated in various family rooms to participate in prayers, spiritual discourses by visiting scholars. To follow the age-old tradition of worship (Iswar Puja), listening (sravana), faith (aastha), and japa (chanting of Vedic hymns), necessity of building a place of Hindu worship became evident.

An organization namely, Staten Island Hindu Temple, Inc was registered with the State of New York in 1997. There was a consensus to name the temple after ​Shree R​ama. This led to the purchase of property at 1318 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, in June 2001 with the intent to build the temple by replacing the existing structure. The congregation of Hindus consecrated the new temple structure with Hindu religious invocations (bhoomi puja) by priests in 2004. Construction of the temple began making the dream a reality. Construction was completed in 2006. Inauguration of the temple premises, the house of God (Devalaya) took place with worship according to Hindu rituals of temple entry (devalaya pravesana) thereafter. Various Hindu deities were included inside the temple premises as per the wishes of different denominations of the Hindus with different cultures and traditions thereby reflecting a harmonious and peaceful confluence of all traditions of devotees.

The marble and granite deities from India were located as per the temple architect. Prana Pratishta (consecration of idols) for ​ Lord ​ Ganesha, Ram Parivar and Venkateswara was performed in August 2007, followed by Ayyappa in November 2007, and then Siva-Parvati, Durga ​Devi ​, Lakshmi Devi, Saraswati Devi, Radha-Krishna, Subramanya and Hanuman in 2008. A Jain priest performed Prana Pratista for Mahavir in 2009. Finally ​, ​in 2010 Prana Pratishta Mahotsavam was performed for Siva Linga along with Navagrahas on a grand scale. Construction was ​thus ​ completed and the ​dream ​of the devotees fulfilled. ​The ​ temple is serving all the spiritual needs of the Asian Indian American Community for generations to come.

The Community hall annex is a vital part of the temple to facilitate music, dance and language classes. Purna Vidya classes are held every Sunday. Temple also participates in Community Days and Interfaith activities including organizing health seminars, collecting and distributing clothes and canned food ​to the needy​. Various cultural events take place in the community hall on a ​regular basis.

Dear Devotees,

Let me first wish you all A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016.

Ever since our First Pranaprathista in the year 2007, over the 7 years, our temple made a great progress in providing the much needed spiritual needs of our local community in Staten Island. Over the past years , we have celebrated all important festival in the most auspicious manner and it was well received our community at large. Currently we are all set with the sequence of festivals and events celebrating each and every one of them with revered devotion and joyously.

Besides we also had religious discourses and lectures by eminent scholars and pundits to share their wisdom, thoughts and sense of religious direction. These events provides the much needed thought provoking insight into our religious beliefs and faith, thus laying foundation for a stronger belief and it's essence in guiding in one's life according to our Hindu faith.

The temple has also other programs such as Purna Vidyalaya for children to give them insight of our Hindu religion, dancing classes for children, Yoga classes for adults and other community events. Temple also organizes and support cultural programs in which many eminent classical singers and dance performances are conducted for the benefit of the community members. Couple of months back, temple supported a women dance group from Bengaluru, India, who are fully blind performed an excellent dance program at the temple.

This is exactly the background and vision with which we all came together to build the temple and now we are enjoying the fruits of our efforts by having our sacred temple in the middle of the Staten Island community. We have begun the great journey and the future of our temple lies in our constant effort to carry on the activities of the temple more efficiently depends upon every one of us.

In the years to come, I am sure, the temple devotees and the communities will continue their great support to our temple. May the Blessings of Lord Rama be always with us.

Dr Krishne Urs