Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is Progress and Working together is SUCCESS..Anon
Indian American Cultural Center of Northwest Indiana (IACC) took a key step towards centers “A dream becoming a reality”. The moment they planned to buy the land they felt ambiance at the site that “This site is meant to be a place for us to preserve, nourish and advance our Indian culture, heritage, religious values and social values.” The center acquired 14 acres of land on March 1999. On an auspicious day May 6th 2000 we performed Bhoomi Pooja and broke ground for construction to begin. This is a great day as we broke ground and began a process of building a living congregation through the contributions of this community. I hope that through the years the grandchildren and their children will come here to learn the richness of the past. For so many of us who have toiled arm in arm for countless hours over almost two decades to realize our dream of building a cultural center in our area, this day marks dawn of the new era. We performed Vastu pooja on October 2001, and opened the center on March 9th 2002. Despite facing multiple challenges at the construction site, and under leadership of few community members the center was successfully completed.
We mark a key milestone as we turn the page in the next chapter of expansion. We planned for expansion of the existing building and a shrine, which ended up into another vision of courage to give the community a priceless legacy in the form of a truly magnificent Temple. June 9th 2009 we broke ground to build our Temple and the expansion of our existing building.
We named our Temple as Bharatiya Temple of NWI. This is a historic landmark time for the Indian Community of Northwest Indiana, as we are celebrating the Grand opening of our Temple – Bharatiya Temple of NWI. Maha Kumbhabhishekam celebrations of the Temple are scheduled for June 18th – 20th & Jain Prathistha Mahotsav for July 17th 2010. We are honoured to invite you to be part of this historic event. This will be the first Temple of its kind in the great State of Indiana. We, as a community are grateful to the Lord for bestowing upon us this wonderful opportunity to build this Temple for HIM. We are proud of being part of this great legacy, which will be passed on to generations to come.
"Even the impossible becomes possible when we focus the mental energy on the blue print" Swami Chidanandaswami