Celebrate Diwali with a Tour of Four Hindu Temples plus Veg*n Temple Lunch

**New** Optional - For Early Birds Interested in the $12 Buffet: You have the option of meeting us at 11:45am on Holly Street directly outside the Canteen entrance (see photo and directions below). Rob will be holding a "MEETUP" sign. At 12 noon we will all go inside as a group and start lunch early. (This 11:45am meeting is optional, for people who wish to arrive early. Everyone else is still meeting at 1:00pm outside the Temple Canteen. You can still order lunch at 1:00pm. See meeting directions below.)

The Temple Canteen

or

A Dosa in a Dream

(apologies to Coleridge's Kubla Khan)

In Flushing Queens did the Temple Ganesh
A Dosa lover's dream decree
Where Bowne, the sacred car path runs
past temples uncountable to man
down to the sunlit court

Welcome to the Ganesh Temple Canteen in Flushing, Queens, a 10-15 minute walk (almost one mile) from the last stop on the 7 line, the Flushing-Main Street Station.  Walk, bus or drive to:

The Ganesh Temple
45-57 Bowne St
Flushing, NY 11355

The entrance to the Temple Canteen is around the corner from the temple entrance, on Holly Street.

Train Directions: Take the 7 Train to the Flushing-Main Street Station. From the train station you would walk along Main to Kissena, then Sanford to Bowne, and walk a few blocks along Bowne.  Or, you could take the Q27 or Q65 bus from the train station.  The Q65 bus stop is at the corner of Roosevelt and Main, and the Q27 bus top is half a block up Main from Roosevelt.  Once you get on the bus make sure to tell the bus driver you're going to the Ganesh Temple at the corner of Holly and Bowne.  It's almost a mile and takes 5 - 10 minutes, depending on the bus you take.

Driving and parking directions can be found here https://nyganeshtemple.org/direction on the temple website.

We'll meet outside the temple canteen on Holly Street from 1-1:15 (see the picture below), look for the person holding up a MEETUP sign.  From 1:15 until 2 we'll be downstairs in the canteen, feasting on dosa.  If you come late, just go through the doors and down the stairs two levels to the bottom, where you will find a table with a MEETUP sign on it and hoards of smiling people surrounding.  After 2, we will depart for a tour of the temple area. 

The Ganesh temple has kindly offered us a guided tour of the temple, and we've made arrangements with other neighbouring temples for a tour.  This event is scheduled on the day of Deepavali (also known as Diwali), the festival of lights when darkness (ignorance) is removed by light (knowledge).  What an excellent day for Dosa lovers of all creeds to gather!

In the temple canteen the chefs prepare daily a repast of South Indian charms.  Here you will find a wealthy cornucopia of dosa, 20 or more kinds of the thin crispy lentil flour pancakes South Indian cuisine is famous for.  The filling is what makes this dish and you will not want - there is masala, there is mysore, chile, tomato, rava, set, paper, pondicherry, oh my!

However, if your destiny is to reach past the 20 or so incarnations of dosa, perhaps you will find the uttapam, the idli, or the upma to be more on your direction home.  The uttapam is a thicker pancake, of lentil and rice, perhaps topped with onions, chilies or tomatoes, while the idli is a steamed rice patty dipped in sambar.

It would be dire to stop here without mentioning the thirst quenching selections for the parched traveller.  For those of weary sole, there are offerings of the eternal mango lassi, masala tea and madras coffee.  For seekers of a less adventurous fare, there are soft drinks, hot chocolate, and the regular of tea and coffee.

All of the canteens offerings are all equally delicious, although, to be sure, some are more equal than others.  The price however, for such a vast cornucopia, is very hard to equal, ranging from $2 to as much as $7!

The tour will begin at 2pm, and will start with the Ganesh Temple, and then move on to other temples.

First:

Ganesh Temple
45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY  11355
http://www.nyganeshtemple.org/

Followed by:

Om Sai Mandir
45-11 Smart St, NY  11355
https://www.omsaimandir.org

Next stop:

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
46-16 Robinson St, Flushing, NY  11355
http://www.dwarakamaishirdi.org/

And finally:

Hindu Center
4552 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY  11355
http://www.hinducenternyc.org/

So, on November 2, 1pm-4pm set your compass for the Ganesh Temple of Flushing, and enjoy!

Rob

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  • Karen E.

    AMAZING day! The Temples were lovely. Great tour guides, great learning experience, great people, great weather. Loved it! Thanks to all who organized this wonderful meetup. 5 stars! : )

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • Jo

    So much kindness I experienced in a short day! Thanks to Rob and David for organizing this wonderful event, and all the people at the temples and this meetup group for making it a beautiful and memorable day!!

    PS. Did I mention the to-die-for dosa at the canteen?? Wow!

    4 · November 4, 2013

    • Vegan M

      David is being modest as usual :) He was there every step of the way right from the start.

      November 5, 2013

    • David G.

      Yes, I was there kibitzing on the side. All the work was done by Rob, Minish and Kuldeep. :)

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Rob J.

    I am so glad everyone enjoyed the day! Thank-you Minish and Kuldeep for your attentiveness and hard work, and David for your watchful eye, for knowing what to do and when to do it. Everyone, your patience, warmth, engaged - and engaging - presence made the day for me. Happy Diwali!

    2 · November 5, 2013

  • Irlene W.

    I will give the tour 7 seven stars!

    2 · November 4, 2013

    • Vegan M

      couldn't agree more

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Irlene W.

      David and M, Glad that you agree with me, but it sounds like all of us were absolutely delighted by the tour.

      2 · November 5, 2013

  • David G.

    Wow! What an excellent, excellent Meetup! Our members really loved this Meetup. Everyone was so taken with the temples. And it was wonderful we got to experience this together as a group. Also, the food at the Ganesh Temple was heavenly. And we were all extremely impressed with the extreme graciousness, kindness, hospitality, and erudition, of our brilliant temple guide and host, "GP", at the Ganesh Temple. The guides and hosts at the other temples were also extremely kind and very knowledgeable. Huge thanks to Rob for wonderfully organizing the whole event. Our extreme thanks also to Rob's expert assistants, Minish and Kuldeep, for their huge help in organizing this. This amazing team of three spent a very large amount of time lovingly researching, preparing for, and arranging every detail of this highly complex event. They have the unending thanks of every one of us who delightedly benefitted from their planning and preparation.

    3 · November 4, 2013

    • Vegan M

      thanks david, rob, kuldeep, minish, the canteen staff at ganesh temple (santhanam, kannan, the chefs) and the guides at the four temples: GP, dr. rao, indar, pandit dikshit. and a special thanks to all those wonderful members who attended and made it a success. thanks those who wanted to but were not able to attend. it was a great event; tons of fun for everyone. some of us hope to go back again soon. happy Diwali (yesterday), a great Hindu New Year (today) and a happy Bhaidooj (Hindu festival of brotherly love, tomorrow) to everyone.

      November 4, 2013

    • brian

      here, here...

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Srinivas

    yes, thanks to Rob, Minish and Kuldeep as well!

    2 · November 4, 2013

  • Stacey

    Rob thanks for organizing what a great way to spend the day!

    3 · November 2, 2013

    • Stacey

      And thanks to Minish and Kuldeep as well!

      2 · November 4, 2013

  • Srinivas

    It was my first event with this group and was a real pleasure to get acquainted with many of you on a special day like Diwali!
    Thanks to Dave and Rob for organizing a fun and highly informative event! Look forward to more events.

    2 · November 4, 2013

    • David G.

      Thank you, Srinivas! I had a wonderful time too. But let me mention that this event was organized purely by Rob, Minish and Kuldeep. Not by me. The three of them did a brilliant, amazing job. Huge thanks to Rob, Minish and Kuldeep!!!

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Sharon

      Nice to meet up Sriniva!

      November 4, 2013

  • Tomi G.

    It was wonderful! Ganesha Temple was different than my last visit ('89) but still great! And it's ALWAYS fantastic meeting up with fellow VEG*NS!!! And "Special Thanks" to Organizers...keep up your "luvving work"!

    2 · November 4, 2013

  • Sarah La R.

    It was a great event ! Well worth the long trip. Thanks so much.

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Irlene W.

    It was super! A great tour!

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • brian

    thanks for a great day.
    considering more about Veganism.
    brian

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Lee

    Thank you so much for arranging this. It was a truly special day.

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Sandy

    Sorry couldn't make it. Was really looking forward to being there. I'm sure everyone will have fun!

    November 2, 2013

    • Dawn D.

      Yes we did!!! Sorry you missed a wonderful event.

      2 · November 2, 2013

  • Robin K.

    Excellent! Loved the event. Thank you everyone involved.

    3 · November 2, 2013

    • Dawn D.

      I had a brilliant day at the Temples. The food was also excellent. Thanks for a fabulous day.

      2 · November 2, 2013

  • Sarah

    I sincerely had an amazing day with this meet up group. It was organized, amazing food, very nice people. The temples were fascinating... Best day!

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    Can you believe I just got home!!
    :-/
    It was great to meet you all today lots of nice people! I had a good time :-) thanks Rob & David for organising it :-)

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Rob P.

    Wonderful meetup! Great to meet everyone, eat some fantastic food, and check out some lovely temples.

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • Iluminada R.

    Found out about the activity a little bit late. Hope can join the group in the nea
    r future.

    November 2, 2013

  • tica

    Sorry, was not able to make it. Sounded really yummy and interesting.

    November 2, 2013

  • L.T.

    I'm planning to bike to the temple (it's more direct than the train from Forest Hills). Will this cause logistical difficulties moving from temple to temple? Or are they close enough that I can just return to where I left it at the end?

    Also, does anyone know if there are bike racks around there?

    October 31, 2013

    • Lee

      I'm sure there are street signs you can lock your bike to. And the temples are all pretty close to each other; I don't think you have to move the bike between each one. Safe travels!

      November 1, 2013

    • L.T.

      Thanks for the advice! To bad my bike broke just past Flushing Meadow. It was bad enough that the shop needs a few hours to fix it. Sorry I missed this, and see y'all next time you have a Queens event!

      November 2, 2013

  • Vin

    Where are you guys?

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'm doing the walk from the subway as just missed the bus hope I'm not too late! :-/

    November 2, 2013

  • Swenoble

    Hi you can eat at 12 or 1?

    November 2, 2013

  • Lee

    Looking forward to celebrating Diwali with all of you. I hope some other folks will be bringing toddlers too!
    Thank you for organizing this.

    2 · November 1, 2013

  • Sarah

    Such an awesome thing to do on a Saturday

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Georgia

    I wish I can go but I have to work until 4pm in flushing =(

    November 1, 2013

  • Rob J.

    the temples are really close together, i don't think you'll need the bike. you can't take the bike in the temple, so you'd have to lock it up all the time.

    I don't remember seeing any bike racks close by, sorry.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • norky

    Hi am Norky... yes sounds awesome! perfect see you Rob! thank you for very nice event...

    October 29, 2013

  • Rob J.

    i went to the temple today, and found out that there's a special buffet on our day, saturday nov 2. It's $12, all you can eat. It runs from 12 noon until the buffet food is gone. 2pm at the latest, 1:30 more likely, but the earlier the better.

    3 · October 27, 2013

  • Betsy

    I am having a delivery this day and will have to cancel if they are late... Just wanted to give a heads up

    October 25, 2013

  • Sarah La R.

    I have been wanting to go here ! Thank you for organizing the trip.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Deanna

    This sounds amazing! Looking forward to it.

    October 22, 2013

  • Izzy N.

    can't wait (:

    October 21, 2013

  • Sandy

    :)

    October 21, 2013

  • Sue

    Love it! This reminds me of the dim sum + Buddhist temple tour meetup held awhile back. The veggie group is so inclusive!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Kara

    This sounds like such a great way to spend the day! Looking forward to it!

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Maria A. W.

    Sounds good

    October 20, 2013

  • Eliza M.

    Sounds awesome. Thanks!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • David G.

    Rob, thank you very, very much for your excellent organizing and leadership! Looking forward to this fantastic event!

    2 · October 18, 2013

  • Vegan M

    This sounds like a great event. Will be there for sure. Thanks Rob.

    2 · October 18, 2013

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