South Texas Hindu Society (STHS) was formed in 2002 to build and operate
Sri Venkateswara Temple, (built according to Aagama Sastra) in Corpus
Christi. The aim is to provide religious services to the Hindu community
of South Texas. The founding Trustees of STHS are Dr. Subbarao Burra, Dr.
Lalitha Janaki, Dr. Ramakrishna Mulukutla, Mr. Bhanukant Patel and Dr.
During the initial discussions with the community, it was felt that in
addition to building a temple having a community hall would be highly
beneficial to the members of the Indian community. However, in view of the
costs involved it was decided that during the first phase of this project,
the temple would be built and the community hall would be added at a later
While the required paperwork for a non-profit organization was in
progress, with the pro bono service of attorney Mr. Stewart Rice, the
search for a suitable land was pursued. At the same time, an order for
statues of Sri Ganapathy, Sri Venkateswara, Sri Padmavathi, Sri Andal,
Lord Siva, Garuda and Dwarapaalakas was placed in India. At this point,
the difficult task of fund-raising activities were started by Drs.
Lalitha Janaki and Ramakrishna Mulukutla. The community’s response was
excellent in terms of financial support as well as volunteer work.
The members of Board of Trustees considered several sites in and around
Corpus Christi and finally selected a lot at 10401 McKinzie Lane as the
suitable site because of accessibility, immediate availability of
utilities and cost. After acquiring this lot, the ground breaking ceremony
was performed on June 18, 2003 according to Vedic tradition.
As the project was in progress, request for additional deities was
received from some of the members of the community. Accordingly, an
additional order for Sri Subramanya Swamy and Navagrahas was placed in
India. Apart from that, marble statues of Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Ram
Parivar and Sri Dattatreya were also ordered. The Bhakta community
requested for a marble statue of Sant Kabirji be included in the temple.
The traditional design for the temple was received from Tirupati in
October 2003 and was reviewed and approved by several community members
after minor modifications. The temple construction contract was awarded to
EGH construction company of Corpus Christi. While the construction was in
progress, deities were received from India and were stored temporarily in
a storage facility.
The construction phase of this project would not have been successful
without the significant volunteer contribution of Mr. Ajmer Kular, Mr.
Govind Nadkarni, Mr. Bhaskar Patel, Mr. Harish Shah, Big M Pest Control
company and Rock Engineering Group.
Mr. Vijay Kale, attorney from Houston, donated his services towards
obtaining visas for the Priests.
STHS is deeply indebted to Sri Shambhavi Dhanamjaya Swamiji for sending
Sri Parvathi statue and the yanthras for all of the deities of the Temple.
The Mahakumbhabhishekam ceremonies were performed from May 24-28, 2005
under the distinguished guidance of Sri Sathyanarayanachari and his team.
This event was well received by the community and several devotees
attended the ceremony to receive the blessings of Lord Venkateswara.