Established in the United States in 1971, BAPS has grown from a single temple (known as a mandir) in New York City to a national Hindu fellowship of nearly one hundred mandirs. Spread across 32 states and 91 congressional districts, BAPS mandirs constitute one-in-five Hindu mandirs in the United States. Annually, approximately 2,500,000 BAPS members, well-wishers, and visitors seek a moment of peace and spiritual solace at a BAPS mandir. Five traditional stone-carved mandirs—including the BAPS mandir in Atlanta, which is the world’s largest Hindu mandir outside of India—depict Hinduism in an awe-inspiring fashion and pay tribute to the diversity of this country.
BAPS mandirs promote universal messages of community service and family unity. Alongside weekly services, cultural celebrations, and religious festivals for the young and old alike, BAPS mandirs even observe occasions like Earth Hour and International Women’s Day through a spiritual lens. From providing scholarships to underprivileged students to offering free healthcare to the needy to taking part in tree-planting campaigns, BAPS mandirs reflect the diverse needs and values of the Hindu American community. As a spiritual, community-driven organization, BAPS is dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service.