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Our Visit to Sri Venkateswara Temple at Pittsburgh, PA.

I remember seeing SVS temple, Pittsburgh, PA in few Telugu movies like Jeans. Few years back, when we planned a trip to this well noted temple, I was too excited, made a quick trip planner well in advance and booked accommodation in Comfort Inn in Rodi Road, Pittsburgh.

About the temple

Sri Venkateswara Temple (S.V.Temple) in Pittsburgh, PA is one of the earliest traditional Hindu temples built in the U.S. It is located on Penn Hills in Pennsylvania state.

Temple timings

Monday - Thursday, Saturdays & Sundays - 9 a.m to 8.30 p.m (winters - 9 a.m to 7.30 p.m)
Fridays - 9 a.m to 9.30 p.m (winters 9 a.m to 8.30 p.m)

Almost all religious events / services / poojas are performed in the temple. You can place online order for any of the daily pooja like aksharabhyasam, abhishekam, archana, annaprasana, car pooja and Satyanarayana Swamy Vratam.

As per our trip planner, we drove all the way to Pittsburgh temple from Philadelphia, PA (Pennsylvania state). It was a bright sunny summer weekend and the weather was perfect for long distance drives. We started early in the morning and had a joyous drive. The scenic beauty of Penn Hills is a real feast to the eyes.
Road Tunnel Entrance
It was one of the most enjoyable and memorable routes as there are good number of road tunnels.
Road Tunnel
I packed some veggie stuff like tamarind rice / pulihora. We stopped at PA Turnpike (I think on I 76) to relish the home-made food and then rested for a while.

After refreshing, we started our onward drive. It was almost noon by the time we reached the hotel. The place is quite calm and has a spacious car parking. After checking into the hotel, we got into our room and refreshed ourselves to visit SVS temple.

It was almost afternoon by the time we reached the temple. Oh! my god, what a typical South Indian atmosphere in a Western country.
S V Temple, Pittsburgh, PA

It was so homely at this place. Tamilians in their traditional style, Telugu people and other Indians walking in groups, talking loudly, laughing, joking etc. For a while, we forgot that it is Pittsburgh and felt as if we are in a typical South Indian temple in India. Parking at this temple is not too spacious but okay.

Inside the temple premises, the main deity is Lord Venkateswara. The other deities inside the temple include Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva (in lingakaram) and Goddess Parvati.

Like every other Indian / Hindu temple in the U.S, there is a canteen inside the temple where one can relish mouth-watering typical South Indian veggie stuff.

It was one of the most enjoyable trips we had in the U.S. After the darshan of Lord Venkateswara, we spent some time in the divinely atmosphere to energize our body and mind with positive vibes which was quite recharging.

A must-visit Hindu temple in the U.S. From here we drove to National Aviary which is one of the best attractions I have ever visited in the U.S. Bird lovers really love watching different kinds of birds at this aviary.