A Spiritual and Cultural Anchor for Novi’s Hindu Community
As one of the most beautiful temples in the Novi and metro Detroit area, the Sri Venkateswara Temple and Cultural Center (SVTCC) is a lovely place to stop by and find some peace and reflection. Many locals admire the devotional atmosphere and the large temple is well-maintained with friendly and helpful staff. Catering to the metro area’s and Novi’s Hindu population, SVTCC is a serene gathering place carrying out religious rituals and services as well as serving as a cultural gathering place.
The History of Sri Venkateswara Temple & Cultural Center
The story of SVTCC starts in 2000, when the land for the temple was purchased. SVTCC began operating as an organization in 2007, but construction on the site didn’t begin until 2009. Since then, SVTCC has offered services, activities, events, and membership to the Novi community. As one of the largest temples in the area, SVTCC attracts many people not only from Novi but also from nearby Farmington Hills and other parts of Detroit.
Events at Sri Venkateswara Temple
There are always new events, activities, and festivals taking place at SVTCC. There’s a full calendar of religious services and rituals that can be found on the temple’s website, but you can also find updates on non-religious events like blood drives and cultural programs on the Facebook page. Some of these programs include music and dance performances, as well as lectures and workshops. There’s also a guided yoga group, along with multiple resources for practicing Asana, Pranayama, and Mudra yoga online. The temple has a canteen that is only open on weekends, but which serves up delicious Indian food that visitors rave about.
Plan Your Visit
The Sri Venkateswara Temple and Cultural Center is located at 26233 Taft Rd, Novi, MI 48374. It’s open every Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Saturdays and Sundays it’s open all day from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm. On religious holidays and special occasions, the hours are from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Also, the last Archana is performed at 8:00 pm. The temple is right in the heart of the city, not far from Paradise Park and is one of the most unique things to see in Novi, Michigan. The large temple is easy to spot from the main road and has plenty of parking for all visitors.