About the Organization
Bellevue Hindu Temple and Cultural Center (BHTCC) is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 to meet the community’s growing need for a religious, spiritual and cultural center in King County. BHTCC operates in a convenient location to serve the community.
Our Bellevue, WA temple is located 14320 NE 21st Street, # 16, Bellevue, WA 98007. Bellevue Hindu Temple is conveniently located near the intersection of 140th Avenue NE and NE 21th Street in Bellevue, Washington. Nearest landmarks are Taj Palace Resturant and Dick’s Resturant Supply in Bellevue.
Our sister organization, Sanatan Dharma and Cultural Center is located in Kent, WA. The temple and the cultural center is located in downtown Kent at 25748 101st Ave SE, Kent, WA 98030 and is easily accessible by bus and by car with ample parking.
BHTCC is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization (EIN Number: 46 – 2702962) in the State of Washington. All donations are Tax deductible. The organization is managed by 11 Board of Directors elected by the members of the General Body of BHTCC, by a Constitution and By-Laws approved by the General Body. Our board has numerous active committees including a Ritual Committee, Cultural Committee, Kitchen Committee, Communication Committee, Construction and Maintenance Committee, Fund Raising as well as an Audit Committee. For more information on Constitution and By Laws please click here
Vision of BHTCC
To preserve and protect the rich Hindu Cultural Heritage in our present and future generations * To practice, promote and teach the Hindu religion and Hindu way of life * To provide social services to the community, including counseling and non-emergency medical services
The BHTCC currently conducts religious ceremonies on all major religious festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja, Nrisimha Jayanthi, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganapati Mahotsav, Maha Shivaratri, Ram Navami and other Hindu festivals. It also organize individually sponsored events like Durga Jaagran, Ramayan Paath, and Shri Satyanarayan Puja etc. However, we still have a long way to go to fulfill the dream of a full scale temple and a center where we can perform religious, spiritual, social, cultural and educational activities.
The Board of Sanatan Dharma Temple would like to thank all the devotees for their continued support for expansion with opening of a new location in Bellevue, WA. With new Bellevue location, we serve additional members in Bellevue area and grow temple membership. We join several other Hindu temples in the greater Seattle area to meet needs of the growing Hindu community and offer personal attention.
The Temple is a non-profit organization run by devotees for devotees. The Temple’s primary income is through devotee donations and sponsorships. We urge all devotees to donate generously to the Temple so that we continue to serve your religious and cultural needs. We strive to provide even better programs to you. The temple serves in raising awareness of Hindus in the community. If fundraising efforts succeed, our project can be completed as soon as by end of this year.
Fund raising is the most important activity to get the Temple started as soon as possible. Board encourage everyone in the community to donate generously. Here are some of common questions we’ve tried to answer.
What is the mission of this future temple? To provide a convenient place for spiritual, educational and cultural needs of the growing community in Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle area.
Why do we need another temple? First, we believe that there will be at least eleven temples in the greater Seattle area over the next ten years to accommodate diverse needs of growing Hindu community in the greater Seattle area. We join Hindu Temples in Bothell, Issaquah and Redmond to increase awareness and cultural activities of the community. Devotees will choose to attend different temples based on their needs and affiliation with different communities.
This new facility will provide: * A more convenient place of worship for our growing community * A facility for better community services * An impressive venue for more outreach interactions with other faith groups
Can we afford to finance this expansion project? The same question was asked when we built our original temple. With a very small community and its meager resources we did it then. Now, with our strong devotee presence and growing Hindu communities around our area, why can’t we do it now? God is guiding many donors to join our efforts. Yes, we can build this temple!
What are the plans to get the younger generation more involved? Enhanced planning and delegation will be the key. Children/Youth programs will be designed by them for their needs. A better facility will also draw the youth. Above all, we will translate our prayers and pujas from Hindi/Sanskrit to English to keep this future generation interested in our heritage and culture.
How can you help? This is an ambitious project requiring help from everyone. You can serve your temple with tan, man and dhan. We promise you that your offer to help us will not be turned down. Join our membership. Become our ambassadors. Help us spread the word. Don’t count on someone else. We need YOU!
The Bellevue Hindu Temple and Cultural Center, a non-profit organization is presently managed by the following members of the board:
President: Ravinder Sharma
Vice President: Anil Kumar
Secretary: Pankaj Bhandari
Treasurer: Akash Chowdhary
Director: Rajeev Agarwal
Director: Amit Upadhyay
Director: Samira Ummat, MD
Director: Amit Seth
Our board members are active in the temple community and actively support temple activities. Along with many active volunteers and their families, we strive to serve local devotees. If you are interested in actively volunteering, please let any of the board members know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the board members.
Membership drive is open; We encourage you to become member and renew your yearly membership. Please visit the membership section to download membership form and send it to the temple. If you are not a current member of Bellevue Hindu Dharma Temple and Cultural Center (BHTCC), please consider renewing it at the earliest. If you are not a member of SDTCC, please consider becoming a member. Membership in SDTCC is very critical to its progress and becomes more critical during the permit process and while we are dealing with King county and Washington state.
Donation Receipts and Tax Deduction
If you itemize in your annual tax return, all your donations to the SDTCC are tax deductible. All donation receipts have been issued throughout the year and were hand delivered or mailed to the individual. If you have any 2014 donation receipt missing or have any other question regarding receipts, please feel free to contact BHTCC Treasurer, Akash Chowdhary at accounts@BellevueHinduTemple.org or at 425 636 4477.
All donations are tax-deductible on your tax-return. If you work for employers like Microsoft, Expedia, Real Networks or smilar corporations, your donations to BHTCC towards BHTCC cultural activities are matched by your employer. You may be able to set up for automatic donations through your payroll deductions if work for corporations like Microsoft, AT & T, GE, and other employers with a smilar program. Please donate as much as you can and as often as you can. May God bless you and your loved ones!