Monday, 05 November 2018 14:07


Shiva Durga Temple, in west Forsyth County, is ready for devotees for an evening service on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 marking the beginning of the Festival of Lights 2018.

 Sri Karthick Dixit, the founder of Shiva Durga Temple, greeted the first devotees for an evening service on Friday, “Namaste,” Dixit said. Prior to moving to Forsyth County, Dixit served in Raleigh, N.C., but he would travel to the Atlanta Area at least twice a year to meet with devotees.  Dixit, moved to the county about five years ago to begin the process of starting a temple.  Last April they held a groundbreaking ceremony for their temple's future location.  Shiva Durga Temple, is in west Forsyth County.  Currently, the Temple is hard to find.  The Temple activities started last month in a small unit of warehouse off Bethleview Roard.  This will not last long as across the street is a sign designating the temple's furtre home.

Dixit, greats the followers with Namaste.  Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms toug=ching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.  In Hinduism, it means "I bow to the divine in you".  Namaste may also be spoken without the geture or the namaste gesture performed wordlessly.

This will be the fourth Hindu temple in Forsyth County.  This is an indicator of the coundty's increasing diversity, fueled in part by a growing Indian community in southern parts of the county. Data USA, records indicate the most common birthplace for a fereign-born resident in Forsyth County in 2018 was India (6,604) followed by Mexicao (5,208 and Korea (2,085)