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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• Hinduism in Pittsburgh

• Hinduism in Pittsburgh

Creating the South Indian “Hindu” Experience in the United States

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter, on the impressive temple to Vishnu as Ventakesvara (Lord of the Venkata Hill) in Pittsburgh, describes what it took to transplant this major deity from the hills of Andhra Pradesh to Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. It concludes with some observations about the cardinal features of Hinduism as understood not just in Pittsburgh but in the American Hindu diaspora at large, and also notes the conviction that Hinduism is a tolerant religion.

Keywords:   Vishnu, Ventakesvara, Hinduism, Pittsburgh, American Hindu diaspora

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