The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago is a general not-for-profit corporation, established in 1977.

The purpose of HTGC is:

  • To establish and maintain Hindu Temples build and service in the traditional Hindu style.

  • To promote Hindu Dharma (religion and traditions) and culture.

  • To promote inter-religious, social, and cultural understanding.

  • To support humanitarian causes


The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL has been at the forefront for over three decades in helping many seeking to actively continue traditional Indian religious and cultural values in the US. Today, the temple, in addition to two main temples, Sri Rama and Ganesh-Shiva-Durga temples, has a Vivekananda Statue and Vivekananda Spiritual Center that provides an additional source to learn and experience spirituality. With the addition of this notable center and installation of Swamiji’s statue - the first one to be installed in a public place in the United States of America, HTGC has become a prime center for religious, spiritual, and cultural activities for thousands of people in midwest states; Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa.

The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC) is a Hindu temple complex in Lemont, Illinois, established in 1977.

The complex includes two separate temples:

  • Rama Temple, which includes Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, Lord Ganesha, Sri Hanuman, Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji), Mahalakshmi, Sri Krishna, and Radha.

  • Ganesha-Shiva-Durga Temple, which includes, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Durga Devi, Lord Subrahmanya, Devi Parvathi, Nataraja, Ayappasamy and Navagraha.

In addition, there is a separate Spiritual Center, named after Swami Vivekananda. The Swami Vivekanada Spiritual Center, which houses RITU Meditation Center, serves as a venue for many spiritual activities, including meditation, yoga classes, and spiritual lectures.

Adjoining the Vivekananda Spiritual Center, on "Vivekananda Hill", a hillock in the temple campus, is a 10-foot tall bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, modeled after his photograph taken in Chicago after his appearance at the World's Parliament of Religions in 1893. It is the first statue of Vivekananda to be installed in a public place in the United States of America.