Our organization CHTNA (also known as “Hindu Council” or simply “the Council”) was established in May 1984 and got formally incorporated as a legal entity in March 1986 in New York State. Since then Council has met almost every year (with some breaks in between) at one of the Temples. The current Secretariat office is in New York. It is a recognized 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Hindu organization. It is governed by 9 Board of Director Temples. The functions carried out in the Council can only be by the designated representatives of member Temples. The number of participant and member temples are increasing.
CHTNA is the umbrella organization to promote Hindu religious and cultural activities in North American continent towards better management and development of Hindu Temples in this region. The purpose is to unite all the Hindu Temples under a common banner and CHTNA to be the official representative of all the Hindu Temples in this region to speak on subjects and concerns affecting Hindu religion and culture. It fosters exchange and sharing of ideas / experiences in regulations, management issues, conflicts of interest, security, etc.
CHTNA maintains directory and publishes newsletters. We have annual meetings in April / May organized by one of the member temples. We have periodic conference calls among the board and the member temples.
We recognize and honor individuals with extra ordinary humanitarian services and other religious services.
Our near-future goals are to have collective bargaining power with suppliers / vendors, to promote sharing of common resource pools – like priests, musicians, artists, spiritual leaders, etc. among the member temples, to assist member temples on issues like religious visa, employee benefits, insurance, etc. For more details on our current activities and near-future goals, visit our Services webpage.
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