Temple Etiquette

  • Altar Shrine: Please do not touch the Deities or any other objects on the altar, only the Pundit or designated temple helpers are allowed to do those.
  • Puja Etiquette: Please remain silent during the puja and other rituals. Talking and discussions would distract other devotees who are participating in puja/rituals. Please be sensitive to those who are around you may be praying quietly. If you must talk please try to speak in indoor voices and please keep your conversations short if possible.
  • Etiquette inside Temple: Please do not point your feet towards the deity/alter when seated on the ground. If you are close enough to the rituals being performed, you will be offered prasad at the end of the ritual. If your religious tradition dictates that you may not accept this, or you prefer not to for some other reason such as food allergies, it is acceptable to simply indicate this by a hand gesture or verbal comment of this nature.
  • Children in the Temple: We welcome and encourage families to bring their children but please do restrain your children from running around inside the temple. We suggest you bring some coloring paper and crayons so that they remain silent during pujas or rituals.
  • Leaving During Puja or Ritual: We encourage all devotees to remain for the entirety of the ceremony but if you have to leave early, please do so quietly without causing any disturbance to other devotees as much as possible.
  • Dress Etiquette: As with any place of worship, please dress appropriately and modestly (i.e., no shorts, short skirts, tank-tops, midriff baring shirts, or tight fitting clothes). Please remove shoes outside door of temple and place in shoe racks.
  • Cell Phones: Inside the Temple, cell phones/beepers must be on vibratory mode. If you receive a call, please go outside the temple.
  • Restroom Facilities: For your convenience, a public restroom is located in the back of the temple. It is preferred that one does not get up to use the restroom during a temple ritual but if it is necessary, we ask that you respect the tradition of washing hands and feet after use of restroom and upon re-entering the temple.
  • Temple Cleanliness: This is your temple, so always please try to maintain its cleanliness and beauty of the surroundings. All throw trash in the trash cans. Please maintain the sanctity of the Temple at all times.
  • No Pets in the Temple: Dogs, cats or other pets are NOT ALLOWED in the Temple grounds so as respect everyone’s sentiments and needs. Some could be scared or allergic to animals, birds etc. So in the good interest of the public we are following this rule. Service Animals for Disable people are an exception.
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