New Vrindaban hosted their first ever open house to celebrate their 50 years of being in the Ohio Valley.
Neighbors and local residents were invited to learn more about the culture and to integrate more of the community.
New Vrindaban Receptionist Lelia Hanson said, “We have a hotel. There are different kinds of rooms in the hotel for four people. We also have cabins, cottages that were actually build 35 years ago.”
Musician, Sadaruchi said, “If you like feasting, dancing, chanting, and philosophy this is the place.”
Organizers say that this celebration attracts a diverse group of people because its not based on how you look its based on a deeper experience.
Temple President’s Wife, Anuradha Imseng said, “We have a woman from Russia helping with meditation, also a devotee visiting from Germany, we have someone from Siberia who’s helping organize, we have someone form Nepal giving out the information, we have my nephew from Switzerland.”
Families from India are thrilled to travel a short distance to a place that feels like home.
Pittsburgh Area Residents, Deekota Yadav said, “Oh we love it! This is great! For us it’s like an hour and a half drive for us to get down here.”
Akron Resident, Abi Gazmet said, “I came to visit today. It’s so beautiful, the temple. I like it, I really like it. Thank you so much for God.”
Families that came for the first time were in awe of what they saw.
New Jersey Resident, Jeyoti Nevatia said, “As soon as I left the parking lot they gave me an all day program, which sounds very interesting and I want to do each and every activity that is there.”
The temple president said that he hopes people will find that New Vrindaban is a really nice place and that he hopes they take something away from this experience.
Temple President, Jaya Krishna das said, “And what we want to create is an understanding that we are one of many faiths and we are very serious to serve God and we would like to explain this and show this in our environment.”
Brindabani Turner from Moundsville was born and raised at New Vrindaban and said that it’s a really good opportunity for the community because a lot of the people of Moundsville don’t know what goes on.
There are so many fun things happening and that she hopes younger people come out too.
There is also a restaurant that is open on weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m..