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