By Sid Srinivasan
The Sri Venkateswara (S.V.) Temple is located in Penn Hills, an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh. It is perched on of one of the many hills in this area, and you can see it as you drive past on the I-376 highway. The temple is a white solid structure, heavily sculpted all around it. It has two main rectangular sides to it, converging on one another as it goes higher. The structure is symmetrical from every angle, as are all Hindu temples, and is built in the image of the human body. The front and back sides represent the front and back of the body, the two sides represent the hands, and the top is the head. In the innermost section of the temple rests the deity Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu is known as the protector of humanity from adversaries and is worshipped by all Hindus. The structure for this temple is based on the original Sri Venkateswara temple in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India, located in the city of Tirupati. This temple has been highly revered throughout time, and Tirupati is considered a holy city for Hinduism. Its temple is the most visited in the world, as people make the pilgrimage from all over the world to experience Lord Vishnu’s blessings.
The S.V. temple in Pittsburgh is the very first in North America dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, and thus is a significant landmark in the spreading of Hinduism to the Western world. This temple is visited by Hindu diaspora from all over the country, as it is able to preserve the tradition of its original roots from Tirupati.
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MLA: Srinivasan, Sid. “Sri Venkateswara Temple.” ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, 20 Jan. 2020, religyinz.pitt.edu/sri-venkateswara-temple/
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Chicago: Srinivasan, Sid. “Sri Venkateswara Temple.” ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh, January 20, 2020. https://religyinz.pitt.edu/sri-venkateswara-temple/