This paper studies the building of the first Hindu temple in Wisconsin. The design process and the design and use of the temple suggest that the temple building process is not only a religiously or culturally motivated activity, but also a much needed community building activity in Diaspora. Though the temple is primarily built by Hindus from India, it eventually draws Hindus from other immigrant groups as well as non-Hindus. More importantly, it also serves as a platform for multicultural dialogue in a global and plural society. Based on the author’s personal observations, interviews with some key people, including the designer architect and a few Hindu visitors, this paper illustrates that through the necessary adaptations and innovations in design, the Hindu temple results in redesigning the temple architecture as well as redefining the traditions in the Diaspora.
|Keywords:||Hindu Temple, Temple Design Process, Hindu Diaspora|
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA