Hindu Temple of Central Illinois
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Operating and Priest Service Hours

  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm; Weekday Mornings: 10 am to 12 noon
  • Weekday Evenings: 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Priest services for family sacraments at or outside of the temple may be scheduled by appointment based on availability.
  • Call or leave message on phone 309.671.5668 or 309.687.5534
  • Dosadatha program serves Dosa lunch on Saturdays between 12 noon and 3 PM
  • Annadatha program serves Special lunch on Sunday between 12 Noon and 3 PM


Aerial View of the Temple from 175 feet above the ground  


Five Day Ganesha Festival 
September 16-20

Sponsors can register as Bronze, Silver,Gold or Platinum Sponsor or request a clay Ganesha

on line:

Only Temple sourced clay Ganeshas are accepted for Temple poojas, Rathotsava and visarjan. Store bought Ganeshas are unlikely to dissolve on immersion and hence deemed not good for the environment.

Five foot high (sitting) Ganesha made of plaster will come out of hibernation and take center stage during the festival.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 

(Vinayaka Chathurthi Day)

10 AM to 12 Noon: Ganesha Moola Vigraha Abhisheka, Vinayaka Stapana

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Swasti Vachana, Sankalpa Punyaha,  Shodashopachara pooja, Gana Homa and Aarati, Prasadam 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

10 AM to 12 Noon and 6 PM to 8 PM: Nitya Poojas and Aarati

Regularly scheduled programs precede at 6 PM. Ganesha Pooja begins at 7 PM. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

 10 AM to 12 Noon and 6 PM to 8 PM: Nitya Poojas and Aarati

Regularly scheduled programs precede at 6 PM. Ganesha Pooja begins at 7 PM. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015 

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Ganesha Abhishekam (Utsava Vigraha), Balaji Abhisheka (Utsava Vigraha),  Aarati

12:30 PM to 4 PM: Special Lunch

4 PM to 5:30 PM: Shodashopachara Pooja, Gana Homam and Navagraha Homam, Aarati and Prasadam

6 PM to 7:30 PM: Cultural Program
7:30 PM: Light Dinner  

Sunday, September 20, 2015 

9:30 AM: Samoohika Vinayaka Pooja

11: 00 AM to 1:30 PM: Sahasra Modaka Homa and Poornahuti, and Rathanga Pooja.

Special Lunch Begins at 11:30 PM sponsored by Marathi Mandal, Menu: TBA

1:30 PM: Ratha Yatra 
3 PM: Visarjan



3. Ganesha Mahaladdu transforms to 

Naivedya Laddu for everyone’s liking

For several years now, volunteers have prepared one mega Laddu and served the Laddu after Sunday’s Rathotsava to all those present to raise funds for Temple’s Vision 2020 projects. This year, this blessed Laddu will be made available to all as Naivedya Laddu (family size) during the five day Ganesha festival (Sept 16-20). We have fixed the price at $51 so everyone should be able to contribute to Temple’s Vision 2020 projects and be blessed.

We still call on bigger donors to contribute at higher levels (Bronze: $101, Silver: $251, Gold: $501 and Platinum: $1001- these donors will receive 2, 5, 10 & 20 Naivedya Laddus respectively).

You can make your selection online or by filling out a sankalpa card at the Temple.

There is Samoohika Vinayaka Pooja planned at 9:30 AM on Sunday, Sept 20 (see the program below). The charge for participation is $51 and this includes one Naivedya Laddu. Again we suggest you reserve your seat by online registration.
Naivedya Laddus will be available immediately after they are blessed during Sept 16, Ganesha Chathurthi Poojas. They will be available throughout the five day period and are expected to last through the end of the festival finale, Ganesha Rathotsava. Suggest that you reserve your Naivedya Laddu online.

Much work goes into celebrating Ganesha festival. We call on volunteers to help with decorations and making Sahasra Modhakas and Naivedya Laddus on Sept 13 (Sunday) starting at 12:30 PM.


© Hindu Temple of Central Illinois
Street Address: 4224 W. Prairie Lane, Peoria, IL 61604
Mailing Address: PO Box 3601, Peoria, IL 61612-3601
Phone Number: (309) 671-5668

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