I spoke to a few of them and finally decided to visit the Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple in Orlando. The visit has brought about changes in me, in the perception of people and things, in the outlook on life.
Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple, located in Orlando, allows visitors at fixed times during the day. I had called up in advance to get the location but fixed appointment for any service is not necessary. However, it was useful to obtain the service timings so that one does not miss out on the service that is performed. The temple is closed to the visitors between 1 and 5pm so I made it a point to reach thereby noon. This temple was established in 2002 and regular Hindi language classes are held in addition to Yoga and meditation classes. The temple regularly invites various swamis and scholars to give discourses on different spiritual subjects.
The temple’s address is: 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825-6908. I also took the directions how to reach there was told to drive west on East Colonial drive (Hwy 50). On crossing the Alafaya trail (Landmarks: Channel 24/ Advance Discount Parts / Big Lots) I was asked to make a left on O’Berry Hoover Road. The Shiv mandir is located at the end of the road on the right side, I was directed. The directions were perfect and surprisingly I found that my attention too was rapt; I did not miss any turn. This itself suggests we have the power and the quality to be attentive if we so desire. Moreover, when we want to do something good, our actions, thoughts and attention are all at their best.
On arrival I was nonplussed. As I said I had heard about temples and mandir but I never expected to be greeted by such positive vibrations even before entering the temple area. The entire area reverberates with chanting of hymns of Shiva. The chanting was all in Sanskrit, mostly in the form of mantras and the vibrations touch you. It had a very soothing and comforting effect