For a friend’s wedding I recently traveled to Chicago. Since that’s where I did my doctoral work, we have many friends there and love the city. I have previously posted on the architectural wonders of Chicago, the Balaji Temple and have run the Chicago Marathon!
On this visit, I additionally got darshan at the exquisitely maintained Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago! Was surprised at their calendar of activities including Yoga, Meditation, Gita Recitation, Discourses and Sunday School. And importantly a cafeteria serving dosas, idli sambar, yogurt rice and else. Reason enough to go!
Adjoining it is the distinctive Shiva Ganesha Temple with a mesmerizingly beautiful murthy of Durga Devi and Radha Krishna.
On the grounds is a statue of Swami Vivekananda, installed by the Vivekananda Vedanta Society to commemorate his 1893 lecture at the World Parliament of Religions. As an engineering student I perchanced a few of his lectures during a visit to Kanya Kumari. What a read! That sparked a spiritual curiosity that burns stronger each day, kindling the tinder of our material world, leaving me in bliss! (Statue of Sw Vivekananda at the Gateway of India)