Address: 1700 Naoma Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Email: eContact @ iowahindutemple.org

Guidelines For Temple Facility or Services

Our temple is a public use facility for use by those who support the mission of the Temple and abide by its articles of incorporation and the By-Laws for social, cultural, educational and religious purposes. Family events such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries etc. can be held here with prior permission and after providing detailed information about the activities planned, from the Executive Committee. However, the Executive Committee may reserve certain days of the year for specific religious festivals and thus limit temple facility use during those days. You must agree to follow all guidelines listed below and must fill all data as requested in facilities reservation form. Please click this "Temple Facility Reservation Form" link to download, print and mail the form to address shown in the form or email to contact@iowahindutemple.org.

Article of Incorporation and By-Laws

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  1. The heating and cooling system of the facility must not be violated or changed by anyone other than a committee member or members permitted by Executive Committee.
  2. Only the trained persons should use the PA system.
  3. Only the trained persons should use the PA system.
  4. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the worship hall at all times.
  5. No one is allowed to go on the altar area except the priest conducting the worship and volunteers helping priest.
  6. When children's activities are planned, parents must accompany and supervise the event at all times and make sure that no child enters the altar area.
  7. All activities shall be in keeping with the dignity and respect for the sanctity of a holy place and according to Hindu traditions.
  8. No alcohol on the premises: no exceptions.
  9. No Smoking and No Chewing Gum inside the facility.
  10. All non-monetary items or donations require approval by the Temple executive committee prior to being placed in Temple premises. The approval can be obtained by writing to the chair person via email, contact@iowahindutemple.org.
  11. As per the requirements of Sanatana Dharma ("the Hindu way of life"), the construction or changes to Temple structure, mode of worship, the quality requirements of the changes, the kind of images/deities to be installed, the materials from which they are to be made, their dimensions, proportions etc would be governed by ancient Sanskrit scriptures called Agamas ("a traditional doctrine, or system which commands faith"). The executive committee shall strictly follow these Dharmic traditions as detailed in consultation with priest when making any changes in or outside temple.
  12. No item shall be taken, lent or removed from Temple premises by any individual. No personal or household items shall be left in Temple premises. All items left in Temple either unsolicited or requested/donated would be owned by the Temple permanently and could be used, moved, sold, disposed or discarded a month after item was left in the temple, at the discretion of executive committee.
  13. Prasad could be served in prayer hall. However, all other foods or snacks must be served in the dinning hall.
  14. No meat or non-vegetarian snacks or foods in the facility. No exceptions.
  15. All users must assume the legal liability and responsibility of conducting the event. The board of trustees and the executive committee or the temple organization itself will not be responsible or liable for any injury to anyone at anytime at the facility.
  16. The executive committee or subcommittee will be willing to offer any other service/help if requested.
  17. Users must clean the premises after use and this includes the hall if used, adjoining rooms, if used, kitchen, dining hall and the foyer. Refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave oven, sinks, countertops, furniture to be properly cleaned and wiped.
  18. Any trash or garbage generated during the activity must be properly disposed and deposited in the trash bins located at the southwest corner of the parking area.
  19. Behaviors in and around the temple facility not conforming to the sanctity of Temple, the Hindu traditions and disturbing to the community at large will not be tolerated at any time. Group or persons engaging in such activity may be barred from using the facility for a period of one year or more at the discretion of the executive committee.
  20. After performing special puja/ceremonies, do not leave any items (e.g. picture of deity, puja related materials, pots, pans, leftover food in the refrigerator etc.).
  21. At any time, the temple premises should not have more than 200 people, including kids. The kitchen and dinning hall seating capacity is eighty (80). Therefore ensure not to exceed that capacity anytime.
  22. No pets are allowed inside the prayer hall. No exceptions. Executive committee members would be happy to provide assistance to devotees with special needs.
  23. All users must mute or switch off Mobile phones when in the prayer hall. Mobile phones could be used in dinning hall.

RELIGIOUS EVENTS

Over and above the General Guidelines the following additional will apply to all Religious Events:

  1. Reservation information : See reservation form.
  2. The temple facility is available to the community for conducting religious programs and spiritually beneficial events which are open to community and are not fundraising events.
  3. Groups or families must have prior written permission [at least one week in advance] from the program chair or a designated/co-coordinating person/committee or by the executive committee.
  4. Permission request must be in writing and with details of the group and the planned activity addressed to program chair or to the executive committee.
  5. Property liability is covered by temple insurance. Personal injury or liability is not covered by the temple insurance.
  6. If the activity involves the presence of priest, the organizing family or group shall make separate arrangement with Temple priest in consultation with program chair. Only Temple employee priest can lead and perform all the religious activities in the Temple along with pre-approved priests or volunteers by the program chair.
  7. If the event involves removal of chairs or stacking the chairs, the family or group using the hall is for responsible to remove, stack and keep chairs in original place after use.
  8. The family or group using the facility will be responsible for managing the parking of the vehicles of their guests and will follow the rules and area allocated for this purpose. Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  9. Additional parking for vehicles other than the temple parking lot is available at the neighboring pharmacy care Associates parking lot after 6 PM on weekdays and after 2 PM on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
  10. The committee, prior to the event, must approve use of the parking area for any other purpose in WRITING. This involves the establishment of an outdoor facility such as a tent or a cooking facility.
  11. No loud music will be played outside the facility.
  12. If the facility (property, furniture, PA system, chairs, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave ovens, sinks, countertops) is not well cleaned or damaged after use, the family or group will be charged the cost of repairing the damage or the cleaning and/ or the cost of cleaning facility.

YOUTH, CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Over and above the General Guidelines the following additional Guide lines will apply to all Youth Children's Educational Programs & Events:

  1. Reservation information : See reservation form.
  2. The temple facility is available to the community for conducting educational and religious programs for children and youth by families and groups which is open to community which are not fundraising events.
  3. Groups or families must have prior written permission [at least one week in advance] from the program chair or a designated/co-coordinating person/committee or by the executive committee.
  4. In order to receive permission, complete the Temple Hall Reservation Form as posted on the web site and forward to program committee chair or to the executive committee members.
  5. If educational activity involves fundraising activities of any kind, the teacher must follow the guidelines listed in the fundraising events.
  6. Property liability will be covered by temple insurance. Personal injury liability is not covered by the temple insurance.
  7. Parents shall supervise children at all times and make sure that children do not enter the altar area.
  8. Committee will provide assistance in getting children's books and audio & visual aids if requested.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Social events could be events, which have direct social benefit for a specific group. These could be a wedding, birthday party, anniversary etc. Such events will be governed by the following additional guidelines which are over and above the general Guide Lines:

  1. Reservation information : See reservation form.
  2. Deposit: $200 [refunded if the facility is found without any damage and area used has been cleaned thoroughly by the group as determined by the facility chair].
  3. If the activity involves the presence of priest, the organizing family or group shall make separate arrangement with Temple priest in consultation with program chair. Only Temple employee priest can lead and perform all the religious activities in the Temple along with pre-approved priests or volunteers by the program chair.
  4. If the event involves removal of chairs or stacking the chairs, the family or group using the hall is for responsible to remove, stack and keep chairs in original place after use.
  5. The family or group using the facility will be responsible for managing the parking of the vehicles of their guests and will follow the rules and area allocated for this purpose. Not following these rules may lead to the vehicles being towed away at the owners expense. Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  6. Additional parking for vehicles other than the temple parking lot is available at the neighboring pharmacy care Associates parking lot after 6 PM on weekdays and after 2 PM on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
  7. The committee, prior to the event, must approve use of the parking area for any other purpose in WRITING. This involves the establishment of an outdoor facility such as a tent or a cooking facility.
  8. No inappropriate or loud music will be played in the hall or outside the facility.
  9. The user must provide liability insurance for property damage and personal injury.
  10. If the facility (property, furniture, PA system, chairs, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave ovens, sinks, countertops) is not well cleaned or damaged after use, the family or group will be charged the cost of repairing the damage and the cost of cleaning the facility.

FUND RAISING EVENTS (NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMERCIAL)

Fund raising events could be those, which have direct social benefit for a specific group. These events could be a religious or a commercial event. The events should be governed by the following additional guidelines, which are over and above the general Guide Lines:

  1. Reservation information : See reservation form.
  2. Deposit: $200.00 [refunded if the facility is found without any damage and area used has been cleaned thoroughly by the group as determined by the facility chair].
  3. If the activity involves the presence of priest, the organizing family or group shall make separate arrangement with Temple priest in consultation with program chair. Only Temple employee priest can lead and perform all the religious activities in the Temple along with pre-approved priests or volunteers by the program chair.
  4. If the event involves removal of chairs or stacking the chairs, the family or group using the hall is for responsible to remove, stack and keep chairs in original place after use.
  5. The family or group using the facility will be responsible for managing the parking of the vehicles of their guests and will follow the rules and area allocated for this purpose. Not following these rules may lead to the vehicles being towed away at the owners expense. Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  6. Additional parking for vehicles other than the temple parking lot is available at the neighboring pharmacy care Associates parking lot after 6 PM on weekdays and after 2 PM on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.
  7. The committee, prior to the event, must approve use of the parking area for any other purpose in WRITING. This involves the establishment of an outdoor facility such as a tent or a cooking facility.
  8. No inappropriate or loud music will be played in the hall or outside the facility.
  9. The user must provide liability insurance for property damage and personal injury.
  10. If the facility (property, furniture, PA system, chairs, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave ovens, sinks, countertops) is not well cleaned or damaged after use, the family or group will be charged the cost of repairing the damage and the cost of cleaning the facility.

Guidelines for Collection and Dissemination of Information

  1. Temple shall collect first name, last name, email address, phone number and mailing address of devotees, donors and general body members.
  2. The private data such as social security numbers, passport numbers or drivers license numbers of devotees, donors and general body members are NOT collected OR stored in any form including database or files or reports.
  3. The information collected or stored in the database or files or reports shall be used for the official temple business only by Temple Executive Committee and shall not be shared or distributed to any individuals or organizations regardless of the permissions given by individuals whose data is collected or stored in the database or files or reports.
  4. The information collected or stored in the database shall be used by Temple for communication to public about temple events or events associated to Temple or in the interest of Temple and it's community to advance the mission of the temple.
  5. The Temple email or address list shall be used solely by the Temple EC Chairperson, PR and Secretary to send communications to email list members about Temple events either in Temple or outside Temple sponsored by Temple
  6. The Temple email communications shall be limited to approximately 1 per day or maximum of 3 per week due to terms and conditions signed by Temple EC to service provider, Google Inc when the original email list was created.
  7. The Temple email and address list shall NOT be used by the Temple EC members for the benefit of for-profit individuals or institutions or services.
  8. The Temple email list could be used to make limited number of announcements on behalf of registered non-profit institutions. The events or programs must be beneficial to Temple and its community members. The Temple announcements would take precedence over the announcements of registered not-for-profit institutions.
  9. The Temple email list could be used for the benefit of Temple and it's community members to notify cultural, spiritual or educational events or program organized by not-for-profit groups or individuals. The groups or individuals organizing the events must declare in writing that they would not profit monetarily from the events or programs for which announcements are made using Temple email list.
  10. The Temple events or program announcements would take precedence over the announcements of not-for-profit institutions or groups or individuals.

Guidelines for recognition

  1. As stated in Article 10, Section 9 of the By-laws, any person providing exceptional services/contribution, financial or otherwise, to the Temple may be honored to become a Patron. A Patron shall be nominated by the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, and shall be confirmed by the General Body. There could be one or two Patrons designated as the Patron of the Year and the nomination is at the discretion of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.
  2. The Executive Committee shall from time to time or during major annual events, recognize any individual, family or an institution providing exceptional services/contribution, financial or otherwise, to the Temple and its devotees community. The recommendations for recognitions could be made by members in Executive Committee or Board of Trustees. However, the final recognition of the person, family or group is at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
  3. The Executive Committee shall recognize recently passed on/away individual who provided exceptional services/contribution, financial or otherwise, to the Temple and its devotees community. The recommendations for memorial or recognitions could be made by members in Executive Committee, Board of Trustees or members of General Body. However, the memorial or recognition of the deceased person is at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
  4. The Executive Committee shall not provide any financial incentives or payments to any persons or groups within or outside the community for providing services on voluntary basis such as, during Satsang, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, religious or cultural programs or during visits or meetings. Any recognition of such volunteer service or contributions of individuals or groups shall be nominal and financial incentive or payments shall not exceed $50.

Executive Committee

Updated : April 17, 2011

Temple Hours

Weekday :

10:00AM-12:30PM & 5:30PM-8PM.

Thursday, closed unless specified in Calendar.

Weekend : :

9:30AM-1PM & 5:30PM-8PM. Saturday Suprabatham : 9:30AM.

Temple Address

1700 Naoma Drive SW, Cedar Rapids , IA, 52404
P.O.BOX 10573 CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52410

Email: econtact@iowahindutemple dot org

Phone: (319)-396-3196