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Date: Time Period: 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20621
Description: The Ganesh Temple is the largest one in the area, but not in comparison to places where it is easier to obtain bigger property. It is difficult to keep expanding in the Flushing area. The temple is th ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20507
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar slowly phased out her successful OB/GYN practice to take on increasing responsibility at the Ganesh Temple in Flushing, Queens, the largest Hindu temple in the United States (by numb ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20551
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar practiced for over 30 years and had offices in Flushing and Elmhurst, Queens. She decided to leave her practice in order to give back to the community. She had been involved with the ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20541
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar states that it is uncommon for a women to be president of a temple. She describes that to be a president you do not have to be a priest, but you have to have administrative skills an ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20543
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar describes how initially there was skepticism among members of the Hindu community about building a temple. She talks about how a small group spearheaded the project, out of the desir ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20490
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar discusses the expansion of Ganesh Temple.
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20473
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar discusses the number of employees working and living at the Ganesh Temple, and the benefits they receive. She describes their properties in the Flushing area that encompass the templ ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20481
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar describes how the influx of immigrants into the Flushing and population growth led to the search for a temple in the area. She discusses how the community found a building that was a ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20588
Description: Dr. Uma Mysorekar describes how the relationship between the Ganesh Temple and the local Flushing community has improved over the years. People from the area started to visit the temple and ask about ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20619
Description: Ganapathy provides public relations services for the temple and lives nearby in housing provided by the temple. Even on days off, he prefers to spend time at the temple with other devotees rather than ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20532
Description: The Sri Ganesa Chaturthi festival takes place September 3, for 9 days in honor of the Hindu god Ganesh. On the last day, a metal alter for Ganesh is decorated and placed on top of a chariot. The chari ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20559
Description: The cafeteria at the temple serves vegetarian food and is open to the public. People travel from long distances to experience it. Some come to worship first and then to eat. It is also where offerings ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20612
Description: Ganapathy's daughter attended John Bowne High School from the 10th-12th grade, from 1979-1982. Growing up in the area, she had many Indian and Chinese friends. He explains that she lived for a time in ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20466
Description: Ganapathy Padmanabhan is the public relations officer for the Ganesh Temple. He describes his daily duties at the temple and his deep involvement with the community there. Ganapathy first moved to the ... More
Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20609
Description: Hansa explains that the majority of devotees at the temple are from southern India. The temple has a culturally diverse constituency.