Religious Sociocultural Life of People of Indian Origin in USA

Culture may be defined as shared values, goals, attitudes and practices that characterize an institution, organization or group. It is the collective programming of the human mind that distinguishes the members of one human group from those of another. The religious and cultural practices of a particular group of persons in the society very often lead to religious sociocultural life.

During my visit to USA as Visitor I had the opportunity to come in personal physical & social contact of Hindu religious sociocultural life of People of Indian Origin in USA. On August 10, 2013 I had darshan of Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) & Community Center, Bridgewater New Jersey State NJ 08807 managed by Hindu Temple & Cultural Society of USA, Inc. and on August 18, 2013 I had darshan of Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (Ganesh Temple) & Ganesa Patasala, Flushing Queens New York City NY 11355 managed by The Hindu Temple Society of North America along with my wife Sailasuta accompanying me also as a visitor and second daughter Gayatri & son-in-law Saikrishna, grandson Arnav & granddaughter Maulika residing in New York, NY 10029 United States.

While visiting Hindu Temples in USA, I had the feelings of visiting the places of worship in Indian environment because all most all the visitors, devotees, priests & sevaks are people of Indian origin. The Temples in USA organize festivals to foster greater understanding between various cultures, local community and the Indian community & culture. Many of the festivals are fun-filled carnival of ethnic food, shopping and entertainment. People of Indian Origin residing in United States enjoy the dual heritage: the great culture of the lands of their origin India and the rich traditions of liberty and equality cherished as residents of United States of America.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
New York

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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16 Responses to Religious Sociocultural Life of People of Indian Origin in USA

  1. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncleji,
    Om SaiRam.

    I am very happy to know that the people who reside even outside the country are also having and retaining the Respect towards the culture of our Nation. đŸ™‚

    Kind Regards,
    Santhosh KV
    Bangalore, India

  2. Kedarnath Sahu says:


    A nice article which described your experience. Sir, it is true that through such type of relation made the world one family which is the motto of Indian culture SARVE BHABANTU SUKHINAH…and it is also true that Indian lead that trend.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Odisha India

  3. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,

    Indian religious culture is superior to any other religious culture in the world. Now the Car festival is observed in all most all of the countries in the World. Indians living in U.S.A. are observing the Indian festivals to have a brother hood among them as well as the Foreigners through religious & cultural practices.

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Nice to know that there are several temples in USA which you have visited. From Anthropological point of view no culture is superior or inferior,it is in people’s mind only.In case of migration or shifting to another place, people cope up with other culture. You have rightly said-people of Indian origin are enjoying dual heritage. Now everybody is in search of peace and this can be obtained from Indian culture and heritage. I think,you are also enjoying dual heritage in New York now. Thank you for posting and making aware about sociocultural life of Indian origin in USA.

  5. Vinod Varma says:

    Great to know that temples are spreading the divine benevolence even in the dream land where every one is said to be in the pursuit of materialistic pleasure. I am sure this experience would enrich your knowledge and give you strength to share your knowledge and spirituality to larger world.

  6. Pradip Kumar Bhoi says:

    Respected Sir,

    I am happy to know about the Spiritual Culture in USA, also happy about Hindu temples in USA. People of Indian Origin residing in United States are enjoying the dual heritage, the great culture of the land of their origin India and the rich traditions of liberty and equality cherished as residents of United States of America. You must have enriched your knowledge in this experience.

    Kind Regards
    Pradip Kumar Bhoi
    Jr.Hospital Manager
    SDH Padampur Bargarh
    Odisha India

  7. Arjun Bhargav says:

    Hello Dr Panda Uncle,

    I read your article ‘ Religious Sociocultural Life of People of Indian Origin in USA’. It is very nice to hear about the culture of Indians in USA. You have nicely described about our temples there. It is great to hear that Hindu temples are gaining attention in USA.

    I hope you are having a great time and I am waiting to read more about your experiences there. Have a pleasant stay Uncle.

    Arjun Bhargav

  8. Madan Goyal says:

    Thanks for the insight. It is nice to learn about Indians over there. It will be worth while to see through other cultures too.

  9. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    After my return from Bengaluru on 7th September opened my computer and shared with your experiences through your elegant topic that is religious sociocultural life of people of Indian origin in USA. Thanks to them they make livable of Eternal Indian Religion there that is religion of love , not restricted to so called Hinduism adhered by many Indians ,inside or outside of present boundary of India . It is misnomer or our pitfall of perception that we are not always aware of decent of one source of Almighty even designated as Father. Because there is only one caste sponsored by Almighty to mother earth that is humanity ,the zest of divine drama. Hence temples erected in USA are the antennas to dissipate the verdict of eternal religion from relay station of India.Temple is nicely compared to all human because nothing but have similarity of three components as depicts temple is the body, priest is mind and shrine is soul. As such worshiping in temple brings awareness for common man to ride to human being.

    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha ,India

  10. Barun Pani says:

    Mahesh babu,

    Very nicely documented. I always wondered about visitor’s impression on these things we try to do. It is not easy to manage cultural traditions in a foreign land. But you can see the hard work and sacrifices by many have resulted all these sociocultural meeting places. I lived in Flushing New York 25 years back and your writings took me to the memory lane.

    It was not this way always. Recent level of immigration volume has added many younger generation people who are contributing actively to keep these traditions alive. In many ways I have seen we have been more traditional than folks back home.

    Thank you for your kind words. God bless you with a lot of years of healthy life so that you can disseminate in this gentle way.

    Barun Pani
    Ridgeland,Mississippi,United States

  11. V Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Congratulations to Visit New York, USA with your Family and knowing more about Indian Culture in USA. You have very nicely mentioned about your real life experience of USA in relevance to Hindu Culture.

    You are really great and lucky to see the Indian/ Hindu culture in Sri Balaji temple and Ganapati Tempe in USA. As there is a proverb “good is good enough”. Which is completely applicable for you for your valuable time spending pattern in this age and writing of good number of yoga and spirituality articles with Odisha, India and USA Experience of the people you meet and the holy temples you have visited, these are all nothing but Sukarma and the blessings of Shirdi Baba.

    “Sri Anantakoti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Shirdiwale Sai Baba Maharaj ki Jai”

    Thanking You.
    With Regards,
    Bhubaneswar, Odisha India

  12. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    People of Indian origin residing in USA have created a mini India there by building temples and celebrating all the sociocultural functions and festivals. It’s their effort that you have visited so many temples there.

    Waiting for your more experiences of visiting USA and articles.

  13. Respected Sir,

    I went through your article and came to conclusion that own tradition, culture of a man would never die unless the man himself dies. Convey my Regards to Madam & Wishes to kids.

    Chandrasekhar Chinara

  14. America Diary: This month August 2013: 3 Years back

    Darshan of Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) Bridgewater New Jersey State, USA on August 10, 2013

    Darshan of Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (Ganesh Temple) Flushing Queens New York USA on August 18, 2013

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