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Temple Hours
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 1PM & 3PM - 9PM EST.
Sat - Sun: 8AM - 9PM EST.
Phone: 717-774-7750




Facility

HARI has a beautiful RAMA TEMPLE which is located off Interstate-83 in New Cumberland, PA. The centrally heated and air-conditioned temple building is constructed on a 7-acre wooded lot on Steigerwalt Hollow Road off State Route 114 and has easy access from all major highways in and around Harrisburg, PA. HARI serves the spiritual, cultural and educational needs of HINDUS living in the greater Harrisburg area, York, Carlisle, Reading, Lancaster, Lebanon, Gettysburg, Grantville and other Central Pennsylvania communities. A Gateway Arch adorns the entrance to the temple from Steigerwalt Hollow Road.

The beautiful stone-faced, framed structure of the temple houses the deities on the main floor, which can accommodate nearly 450 devotees during major events. Worship of Ram Parivar, the presiding deities at the temple, is conducted in the altar located in the central part of the main floor. Besides the main deities, there are other deities that are worshipped, namely, Durgamatha, Saraswathi, Mahaveer, Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvathi and Balaji who are located in the wall nitches on either side of the main deities. The main floor is also used to conduct religious celebrations, bhajan programs, religious and other lectures, weddings, havans, Sathyanarayana pooja and katha, cultural events such as music and dance programs and other general interest community meetings. A stage is available for the use of the speakers, artists and performers. The temple has three independent mixer systems, two of them are located on the main floor and one in the basement.

Following facilities are available at the temple building for the use of devotees:
  • Worship Hall on the main floor as described above
  • Basement floor with independent entrance consists of the following amenities
    • a spacious, modern commercial kitchen
    • a community hall with stage and sound system where dinners, garbas, and other private functions can be held
    • a two-bedroom priest quarters
    • rest rooms
    • two class rooms
    • a coat room
    • a storage area
  • A nicely landscaped area in front of the temple
  • Adequate parking
  • Special access for physically challenged persons
  • Picnic benches
  • A distinctive looking entrance
Puja & Priest Services

Extended Services at Temple *

Archana (in person or by mail)
$10.00

Vahan (Car) Puja (in person)
$21.00

Abhishekams (Temple sponsored)
$21.00


Satyanarayana Puja:
Every Purnima at 7:30 pm (Temple sponsored)
$21.00

Any day at 11:00 am (pre-schedule with the Priest)
$51.00


Other Ceremonies:
Annaprashan, Aksharabhayanam, Namakaran, etc.
(pre-schedule with the Priest)
$51.00



Wedding / Engagements:
(does not include facility rental)
Members
$151.00

Non-Members
$201.00


Priest Service Request Form

Click here to view service request form.

* Please Note:
  1. Not to exceed one (1) hour for Puja services at the temple
  2. For every additional hour of service, $50.00 per hour will be charged
  3. Extended Services are provided only if they do not conflict with HARI scheduled programs
  4. Timings may be changed during festivals and special occasions
Extended Services at devotee's Home **

These services would be available, beyond temple hours only. Pre-scheduling with HARI President and the Priest, ahead of time is a must. First come, first served basis. Based on various factors, this service may not be available all the time.

Any Puja or Ceremony:
(Gruhpravesh, Groundbreaking etc.)
Members
$101.00

Non-Members
$151.00


Wedding / Engagements:
Members
$201.00

Non-Members
$251.00


Funeral Services:
Members
$0.00

Non-Members
$51.00


** Please Note:
  1. Above charges are for a maximum of two (2) hours of Puja services at the devotee's place. Travel time is not included / not charged
  2. For every additional hour of service, $50.00 per hour will be charged
  3. Devotees need to pre-schedule this with HARI President and the Priest
  4. All Extended Services are first come, first served basis
  5. Extended Services at HARI temple will be provided as long as it does not conflict with HARI scheduled programs
Facility Rental Policy

HARI Temple's lower level hall is available for private use for a fixed duration, amount and subject to the terms and conditions that are described in this document. Click here to view temple hall use agreement.

All rentals are from 7:00 AM in the morning to 11:00 PM unless the President of the Executive Committee has approved extended hour use.

  • Terminologies used in this document are defined below:
    TERM
    DEFINITION

    HARI or HARI Temple

    Hindu American Religious Institute (HARI), located at 301 Steigerwalt Hollow Road, New Cumberland, Pa 17070

    HARI Member

    A devotee who has paid yearly membership dues or is a life member of HARI

    Non-Paid Member

    Person who does not qualify as the current member of HARI

    Non-profit Organizations

    Organizations that are operating as “non-profit organizations” in the Greater Harrisburg area and are comprise mostly of HARI devotees. Examples of such organizations are: AIACPA, Gujrati Samaj, Harrisburg Area Tamil Sangham (HATS), Jain Center of South Central PA, etc.

    Other organizations

    All other organizations that are not covered under the above classification of non-profit organization

    Rent

    Charges for such use, currently $250.00 per day

    Rental

    Use of Temple's lower level hall for private event

    Renting Party

    Person(s) or organization(s) renting the temple hall

    Security Deposit

    Refundable deposit, currently $150.00 per day

  • Temple hall will not be rented during HARI sponsored events and HARI School days. HARI School activities may be postponed at the discretion of HARI School Committee for special events like marriages and/or sacred occasions. These exceptions are only to be made for paid HARI members and non-profit organizations that give at least one-month advance notice to HARI President and School Director. In addition, such postponements of HARI School activities may not exceed two days per school year unless approved by the Board of Trustees
  • HARI Temple's upper level hall is never rented and not part of any rental agreement. The upper level hall is open to visitors and devotees as per the published Temple Hours. Subject to this provision, the renting party may use the upper level hall for congregation purpose. Consumption of food and drink, including water, is strictly prohibited on the upper level hall areas
  • Temple shall be rented strictly on the first come first served basis. The rental can be booked over the phone but is considered confirmed only after HARI Treasurer receives appropriate rent and deposit money as described in Section E below
  • Rental Charge, Security Deposit and Duration:
    • HARI Members: The rental charges and security deposit for paid HARI members are as follows. The rent plus the deposit money must be paid in advance without exception. As of July 2001, the rental charges are as follows:
      RENT DAYS
      RENT
      Deposit
      Total
      1
      $250.00
      $150.00
      $400.00
      2
      $500.00
      $300.00
      $800.00
      3
      $750.00
      $450.00
      $1,200.00
      4
      $1,000.00
      $600.00
      $1,600.00
      5
      $1,250.00
      $750.00
      $2,000.00
      6
      $1,500.00
      $900.00
      $2,400.00
      7
      $1,750.00
      $1,050.00
      $2,800.00
      8
      $2,000.00
      $1,200.00
      $3,200.00
      9
      $2,250.00
      $1,350.00
      $3,600.00
      10
      $2,500.00
      $1,500.00
      $4,000.00

      Note: Rental usage over 10 days is subject to Board of Trustees approval only
    • Non-paid members: Non-paid members residing in the Greater Harrisburg area may qualify for rentals at the following rate. If such request exceeds over five days per calendar year, the President of the Executive Committee must obtain an express approval from the Board of Trustees. Such rentals are subject to all other prevailing rental policies.
      RENT DAYS
      RENT
      Deposit
      Total
      1
      $500.00
      $300.00
      $800.00
      2
      $1,000.00
      $600.00
      $1,600.00
      3
      $1,500.00
      $900.00
      $2,400.00
      4
      $2,000.00
      $1,200.00
      $3,200.00
      10
      $2,500.00
      $1,500.00
      $4,000.00

    • Non-profit organizations: Non-profit organizations may rent the facility by paying 50% of charges as described in Section E (a) above. The renting party still needs to pay appropriate security deposit as described in Section E (a) above. If such rental request exceeds over five days per calendar year, the President of the Executive Committee must obtain an express approval from the Board of Trustees. The Board may decline such renting requests in favor of HARI's financial interest. Such rentals are subject to all other prevailing rental policies
    • Preparing for Cultural Events: Devotees and/or their children preparing for presentation at private events or at events sponsored by non-profit organizations may rent the lower level hall at $25.00 per day or for a flat $250.00 per event. Such rentals are subject to the use of the lower level hall only. Temple's upper level hall should never be used for practicing film songs and dances. Such rentals do not include use of the kitchen area and audio-systems. The lower-level audio-system can be rented for additional $25.00 per day. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure that participating artists of their programs are not violating this policy
    • Rent-Free Reservations: Paid HARI members and non-profit organizations reserving HARI facility for religious activities without serving food shall not be charged any rental fees. Such rent-free reservation does not include usage of the kitchen and lower level dining hall areas. The renting party still needs to pay appropriate security deposit as described in Section E (a) above. It is imperative that such requests be submitted to the President of the Executive Committee at least one month in advance. The Executive Committee, in consultation with Temple Priest, may decline if such rent-free request fails to merit as a religious activity
    • The Executive Committee may not approve rent-free requests for non-paid HARI members and other organizations unless the President of the Executive Committee obtains expressed approval from the Board of Trustees in advance. Similar approval must also be obtained from the Board of Trustees if the rent-free usage described above exceeds over three days per calendar year for the same renting party. The Board may decline such rent-free requests in favor of HARI's interest
  • Decorations: Paid HARI members and non-profit organizations may decorate Temple's lower-level hall for their functions on the previous night without additional charges provided the temple is not in use on that night. Non-paid members and other organization must pay additional rent for similar usages. The renting party may set up stage area and clean the facility but is requested not to engage in decorations that damage walls and/or wall paint. The renting party is responsible to remove all decorations immediately upon the conclusion of the function
  • Alcoholic beverages and non-vegetarian food are strictly prohibited within HARI premises at any time
  • Rent does not include such supplies as paper plates, paper cups, other paper products, cutlery etc
  • This rental agreement does not include Priest services. Priest services may be reserved separately with the Executive Committee. Unless the Priest services are booked, the Priest may not be available and/or present on the rental day at the temple
  • The renting party may use other HARI owned equipments such as chairs, tables, kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, trash bags, etc. while using the Temple facility. These items may not be taken out of HARI premises at any time. Please do not call Executive Committee members and/or the members of the Board of Trustees with your request as no one is authorized to approve such request
  • The renting party may use the audio system provided such use was requested at the time of rental. The Executive Committee members authorizing the rental requests are responsible for arranging for a member of the Audio/Visual Committee for the assistance on the day of the rental. If the renting party found using the audio system without the aid of authorized Audio/Visual Committee member, the renting party will be responsible for all damages that are found after such usage
  • Aarti donations collected, including special Aarti that are observed at religious and other sacred occasions, need to be deposited into the donation box located by the main alter. Further clarification regarding this policy may be obtained from the current Board of Trustees at their regular monthly meetings
  • Non-profit organizations renting the temple facility may accept donations from its members to cover the cost of the religious or non-religious program. However, Temple's main entrance and other entrances/exists may not be blocked to facilitate their collections. The main entrance must be kept open during normal business hours as described in Section C above. Similarly, for access during emergencies and to meet the requirement of building fire-code, all exists must be kept blockage-free
  • Temple's upper level prayer hall is never rented and is always open to devotees for prayer during normal business hours as described in Section C above. Devotees wishing to enter the prayer hall solely for prayer purposes shall be allowed to enter the hall free of charges, even if the facility is rented for private religious or non-religious program
  • Cancellation Charges: The renting party must give two weeks cancellation notice before occupancy. Any notice less than two weeks will result in forfeit of the security deposit
  • It is the responsibility of the renting party to return the facility clean. This includes cleaning of the upper level (if used), lower level (if used), kitchen area (if used) and restrooms. The renting party must also pick up any trash and/or debris from outside of the building area littered by the invited guests
  • The security deposit will be refunded provided the devotee renting the facility cleans the facility properly after use and meets other requirements as notified by the Executive Committee at the time of renting the facility
  • HARI reserves the right to cancel any prior booked rentals with at least two weeks notice to the renting party. Appropriate cause must be given, in writing, to the renting party with 100% of the rental charges and deposit refunded
  • HARI will not be held liable for personal injuries and damages incurred to individuals and/or group of individuals during such rentals. The renting party will be held liable for such injuries and damages under this agreement. The renting party will also be responsible for damages incurred to the building, HARI property, and/or HARI owned equipments
  • Violators of any of the policy described herein will loose future renting privileges after the Board of Trustees declares the defaulting party as a violator of the renting agreement. After a 60 day show-cause notice given to the defaulting party, their name and address of the defaulting party will be published in the HARI Times