Lord Ganesha is loved by everyone in India and the name is so popular in the country too. However, there is a street in New York which is named after Him for the presence of a majestic temple of the God who removes obstacles of his devotee.
Established in 1977, The Hindu Temple Society of North America Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, popularly known as the Ganesh Temple, is regarded as the first and oldest Hindu Temple in North America.
The Hindu Temple is situated in Flushing, Queens County. The street outside the temple is named Bowne Street, after leading American pioneer of religious freedom and anti-slavery movement John Bowne. In a special ceremony Saturday, the street was co-named the ‘Ganesh Temple Street’ in honour of the iconic Ganesh temple.
The special ceremony, during which the street sign was unveiled, was attended by the Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Deputy Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Innovation in the office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Dilip Chauhan and members of the Indian-American community.
Jaiswal, during a special function on Saturday held at the Indian Consulate to commemorate Baisakhi, told the gathering that at a “beautiful function” in Queens, the Bowne Street just outside the Ganesh Temple was co-named the Ganesh Temple Street.
In December last year, a committee chaired by councilman Peter Koo, under The New York City Council had approved the co-naming of Bowne Street as “Ganesh Temple Street”, the temple had said in a social media post and had thanked all the devotees, management, board members, elected officials and everyone for their continued support.
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