Hindu Temple of South Carolina
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Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina is a Hindu Temple located in Columbia, South Carolina and serves the Hindus living in the Columbia, South Carolina Metropolitan Area along with people in the surrounding regions.
The first Hindus came to Columbia in the early to mid 1970s and as the population grew so did the need for a Permanent Hindu Temple. In 1981, planns for a Hindu Temple began. By 1982, the Hindu Population had grown to 150 Families and with donations, the construction of the building began. In 1983, the Temple was formally incorporated as a Nonprofit Organization with South Carolina and on November 5 1983, Swami Bhashyanandji lead the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the temple. By 1984, the Temple was complete but it was not opened until September 1986 when an inauguration ceremony was held and Murtis were installed and Prana Pratishtha, the infusion of life ceremony was performed on the Murtis. In 2003, The temple was expanded to include Permanent Housing for the Priest along with a large picnic area for meals and a guest apartment for dancers, musicians or visiting priests.
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