New York Unveils ‘Ganesh Temple Street’
India-West News Desk
NEW YORK, NY – Established in 1977, The Hindu Temple Society of North America Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, popularly known as the Ganesh Temple, is regarded as the first and oldest Hindu Temple in North America.
The street outside this temple in Flushing, on Apr.3, was co-named the ‘Ganesh Temple Street’ along with the existing ‘Bowne Street,’ named after the American pioneer of religious freedom and anti-slavery movement John Bowne.
The ceremony was attended by India’s Consul General in NY, Randhir Jaiswal, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Deputy Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Innovation in the office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Dilip Chauhan and several members of the Indian American community.
Jaiswal, PTI reported, had earlier said, the renaming showed the “kind of hard work that has gone into reaching this milestone, years after years, decades after decades. It speaks so well of the Indian-American community, for all that you have done not just for yourself but bringing joy and happiness to people’s lives around you.”
Richards tweeted, “Bowne Street in #Flushing is now also Ganesh Temple Street! What a day to celebrate. Congratulations to Dr. Uma Mysorekar and everyone at the Hindu Temple Society of North America for all they do to spiritually support our families and uplift the collective soul of #Queens.” Mysorekar is the President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America Board of Trustees.