The Tri-Valley wine region is a beautiful area of California. Nature preserves, hiking, and of course rolling rows of grapevines evoke the Mediterranean. But there’s another architectural feature in the area that surprises and delights: the Livermore Temple.
Home to the Hindu Community and Cultural Center, the Livermore Temple brings a distinct and cherished heritage to the region with its services and events.
The Livermore Temple website explains its mission:
HCCC was established in 1977 with the goal of offering religious services to Hindu community. In the last 35 years the HCCC has evolved into an established institution as a place of worship with the needed services for the community.
Hindu culture is rich and fascinating. The Livermore Temple holds spiritual services, religious services and devotee residences. For a full list of weekly and monthly services, click here.
With its focus on Human Services and Youth and Education, the Livermore Temple is a wonderful haven of cultural learning for anyone interested in Asian-Indian Hinduism.
The Livermore Temple takes is cultural relevance very seriously. Their charter includes supporting vocal and instrumental programs of all south and north Indian styles, classical dance programs including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, and other forms including live Garba dance programs.
For upcoming performances and events, check the Livermore Temple events Facebook page.
An Atmosphere of Peace
Visiting the Livermore Temple offers architectural interest, but it also serves as a place of peace, harmony and kindness. Run by the Livermore Temple community, an extensive list of community programs promote these values.
As an illustration, the Livermore Temple posts The Rose Within on its website:
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to him.
Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.
We hope you’ll choose The Purple Orchid to provide your restful, rejuvenating accommodations for a relaxing visit to Livermore.