Hindus in KELOLAND now have a place to worship.
Sunday marked the grand opening of the first Hindu temple in South Dakota.
Local Hindus have been trying to get a temple in South Dakota since 2009.
What an exciting day today. It’s not just a temple opening. We have been waiting for so many years. It’s our community’s dream,” Ramesh Singh said
Singh is the president of the temple. He hopes the temple can be a gathering place for the community.
“At this temple, what we will have is all of our community come together at one place where we can call our home,” Singh said.
USD undergraduate Naivetya Patle is a foreign exchange student from India. He says the ceremony made him feel like he was home.
“Watching some performances from India culture, some cultural songs and dances. It was an incredible thing for me today. I really enjoyed it,” Patle said.
Patle says he didn’t expect to find a temple in South Dakota when he decided to go to school at the University of South Dakota.
“It’s like a big surprise for me, but I was pretty prepared because the Indian community here and the South Asian community are pretty formative and together. So, I knew it would happen someday,” Patle said.
He says he plans on going back to the temple to worship.
“I’m a very religious person. Watching all of this happening here in South Dakota is a big thing,” Patl said.
Singh says the temple is planning on adding a cultural center to the building.