Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville

907 Cedar Creek Road

Fayetteville, NC 28312

Tel No: 910-824-7289

A non profit Organization promoting Hindu culture and philosophy




April 21, 2020

Re: Temple Closure and New Hours/Requirements

Dear Devotees and Friends:
This remains a very difficult and testing time for our community and the country/world due to the Pandemic secondary to COVID 19 virus. These are uncharted times and even with all the backing of modern science and technology it is very difficult to predict the future as it relates to this disease. We currently remain under a restriction of ‘stay and shelter’ order by the Governor of NC.
We do know that the disease infectivity can be decreased by social distancing and protective measures to include frequent handwashing, facial masks(covering) in public domain, careful sanitizing and limiting all gatherings to less than 10 people. It is also important to self-quarantine (and seek medical advice) if one has fever, fatigue, dry cough, altered sense of smell/taste, difficulty in breathing or loose stools and nausea/lack of appetite. (or contact with a person with travel history or personal travel history).

It is quite likely that the new normal of social distancing and wearing of masks and frequent handwashing may be with us for the next 6-12 months or even longer. As the incidence and prevalence of infection in our community decreases, it is likely that we may venture out into the public domain with continuing precautions until a drug intervention or vaccine becomes available for general use (hopeful, but not likely for at least 12 months).

Our temple will remain closed until we have additional directions from the NC state government. The Priest Kamlesh Vyas ji will continue to perform Aarti daily (5.30-6.30 pm) and will entertain devotee presence at evening Aarti only by a previously scheduled appointment with the Priest and on a rotational basis to allow an equal opportunity to all. No more than 6-8 devotees with precautions (each seated >6 feet apart) will be permitted to attend a given session. If you do not follow the prescribed guidelines (including facial masks) you will be disallowed entry or asked to leave. You are not allowed to touch the Aarti thali or bring any food/offering to the temple. Do not touch any equipment or the temple bells. Observe all disinfection/sanitizing guidelines.
A private session for a special puja for a family (no more than 6-8 people) may be arranged by appointment. This can be also done via Facetime or other live streaming. (at request); Please remember that we need to prevent spread of the infection and protect each other.

Your cooperation is very much appreciated. All temple charges will apply for services as posted.
Thank you for your patience and support.

Jai Sri Krishna
Temple Trustees and Board of Directors


Guidance regarding COVID – 19 Coronavirus


Rrisks and general advice

Should we start wearing masks?
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services cautions that masks are only recommended for use by sick people to prevent the spread of the disease, not by people who are well.
I am returning from a foreign trip. What should I do?
If you did travel to an area under one of those alerts, the CDC is recommending you stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with the Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Please reach out to your local physician or the health department to obtain guidance.
Currently, the CDC has issued Level 3 Travel Health Notices for Italy, South Korea, Iran, and China.
The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Japan.
Please note that these notices continue to change regularly, and please check the CDC Corona Virus 2019 Information for Travel webpage (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) for updates.
If you have been in contact with a family member or friend that has traveled to the countries listed above, please stay home and seek guidance from your local health department/physician.

How do I keep from getting sick?
The greatest risk right now remains the flu, and the preventive measures for the flu are equally helpful in preventing COVID-19, specifically:
• Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Be mindful of when your hands touch a public surface and should be washed. We advise that you follow the CDC’s recommendations for handwashing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
• Avoid touching your face.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, either with a tissue or into your elbow.
• Do not share food, drinks, cigarettes or vapes, mobile phones, or other items that touch your mouth or nose.
• Current CDC guidance suggests that elderly have a twice the risk of contracting disease as the young and should avoid all non - essential travel on planes, gatherings and even visits to religious facilities or crowded spaces such as malls to minimize risks.
Currently no domestic travel restrictions have been put into effect.
For Questions: Call: Dr Sumedha Dalvi 910 824 0095 or Dr Rakesh Gupta 910 977 2995



November 1, 2019

Dear Friends and well-wishers: 

Namaste. We are concluding festivities for the year and as we celebrate Annakoot it is also the beginning of a new chapter. Our volunteers and donors have once again come through on each occasion to support, contribute and keep us focused on our mission. 

The year has been very productive and eventful. Pundit Kamlesh Vyasji and his family joined us in January and his dedication and devotion to the temple and the congregation has been very remarkable. We have received positive feedback, and this has been very gratifying. Please do let us know if there is any suggestion or comment that you may like considered in his evaluation at the end of this year. 

The temple celebrated many events this year with gaiety and pomp and these were enjoyed by the congregation. Varshikotsav, Ramnavami, Ganeshotsav were especially joyous. Navaratri celebrations and Diwali event were also a lot of fun. It was very good to see over sixty couples participate in the Pooja organized by Punditji at Diwali. 

From a financial standpoint we have done well this year and the annual summary will be presented at the meeting. We also renewed our mortgage in the summer at the prevailing rate of interest now under 4 %. Our total Principal outstanding (430K) has declined with the support and contributions to the Bhavan 2020 fund.  We have received $140 K in contributions to date and we have a pledge of $30K. Our goal is to retire our mortgage at or around the tenth anniversary coming up in May 2020. It is our fervent hope that each of you will not only support the temple for daily operations but contribute to the 2020 fund to help retire the mortgage. This will go a long way in making the temple a viable entity for the future. 

The temple is open daily each morning and evening, except on Thursday (evening only). Punditji welcomes your presence and should you need a service performed at home, please feel free to reach him on his cell phone. (224 85 8310). Monthly schedule for the temple is posted on the website “Hindubhavan.org”. Contributions can be sent to Hindu Bhavan, PO Box 87255, Fayetteville, NC 28304. 

The temple has become a focal point of our community. This is truly wonderful because it offers us the opportunity to share thoughts, meditate, perform yoga or just pray together or just as we choose. Our youth group meets there every other Sunday during the school year. The Sunday school continues to render teaching of our scriptures to the younger children. Please feel free to support and reach out if you wish to enroll your children.

An important message is that you cannot impart an education unless you (as a parent) are willing to practice and impart it at home. 

It is also time to elect new leadership and we will have some changes to the slate of officers and members on the list for Trustees and Directors at the annual meeting scheduled on Nov 2, 2019.Dr Divyang Patel has agreed to become the President of Board of Directors and Mrs Vidhya Hegde as the Vice President.

We want to especially thank Mr Harkisan Bhai Dhandha for his service since inception of Hindu Bhavan. He will continue to serve on Buildings and Grounds and Religious committee. We want to welcome Mr  Arunesh Kaushish back on the Board of Directors after a hiatus of several years. He will chair the Buildings and Grounds committee.

The Chairs of each existing committee will be recognized at the meeting. Dr Vinita Gupta and the Sunday school teachers continue to serve in their roles and provide a nurturing educational environment for the children. Mrs Kamlesh Tandon conducts Yoga classes each week on Monday and Wednesday. The Cultural committee chaired by Dr Sumedha Dalvi has done a superb job hosting enjoyable events. Thanks to Mrs Sujita Naik , we keep getting Mahaparasad at most temple events. 

In closing, we want to say a huge thank you for our ever willing and present volunteer group that continues to serve the temple. They are often the folks working behind the scenes for us to all have a good time at the temple. Please stop to say hello and should you have an opportunity, please sign up by calling either Anup Contractor or Natarajan Raman. Please strive to avoid littering and please keep the temple clean. We ask for volunteers to set up and take down after each big event at the temple.

Pundit Vyasji has asked us to remind each devotee that he is available to do special Pooja for an individual’s birthday, anniversary or any special event. You can call him to make an appointment. 

Please continue to attend services, offer advice as appropriate and provide suggestions to make our community better.  

“Put you heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”

Swami Sivananda 

Jai Sri Krishna

Respectfully submitted 

Hindu Bhavan Board of Directors and Trustees

Donor Categories

General Donors $ 1000 - $ 4999
Bronze Donors $ 5000 - $ 9999
Pearl Donors $ 10000 - $ 19999
Silver Donors $ 20000 - $ 50000
Gold Donors $ 50000 - $ 150,000
Platinum Donors $ 150,000 - $ 250,000
Diamond Donors $ 250,000 and above

Contact Number
Rakesh Gupta 910-977-2995
Raju Shah 910-578-8039
Kamal Bakri 910-484-8956
Kalpana Krishna 910-670-5596
Mrs.Sharmila Ganesan 910-818-5108
Mrs.Vinita Gupta 910-527-4961
Mrs.Koki Patel 910-489-8638
Arunesh Kaushish 910-824-4638

Last Updated on October 25, 2014