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Durga Temple

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Durga Temple

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Durga Temple

  1. 1. Durga Temple, Fairfax Station, VA – Basics <ul><li>Inaugurated in April, 1999; Shikhars installed in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Governed by 17-member Board of Trustees (Permanent Body) </li></ul><ul><li>And 9-Member Executive Board (3-year term), 4 elected & 3 appointed </li></ul><ul><li>Current Mailing List: 3,700 Postal; 800 e-mail; No. of Member: 900+ </li></ul><ul><li>4 full-time & 1 P/T Priests; 1 Temple Manager; Benefit Package </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Donations $ 750K; Outstanding Loan < $500K (Original: >$2.5M) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to access; Located intersection of 2 major roads in residential area </li></ul>
  2. 2. Current Activities – Expanding and Growing <ul><li>Celebrating ALL Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Poojas for Bala Ji; Hanuman; Sai Baba, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Regularly hosting of Swamis and Acharyas and Artists </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation & Yoga Classes – Adults & Children </li></ul><ul><li>BalGokul, Gita Study Group; Cultural Classes, SAT </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Citizen Club; Free Monthly Health Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Bhandara Every Sunday and all major events (Free) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenges Ahead and Still to Improve <ul><li>Open Library and Discussions on Hindu Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging & retaining Youth – Mentoring & Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient Temple Operation; Adoption of modern methods </li></ul><ul><li>People to process Orientation; transcend Mgmt. change </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to neighbors and community, hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-faith Participation – Local and Regional </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking engagements and press/media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>List Goes on….. </li></ul>

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