SEPTEMBER 10, 1971

A letter of intent to incorporate Hindu American Religious Institute (HARI) as a non-profit organization was filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on by a group of dedicated devotees.

DECEMBER 8, 1975

The certificate of incorporation was issued

MARCH 26, 1977

The Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee were formalized in 1977 and HARI temple was inaugurated in West Fairview Township.


Purchase of 6.75 acres of land was made in Fairview Township and ground breaking for the new temple took place in October 1985. Pran Pratistha of the deities brought from the old temple was performed during the grand opening of the temple held from July 4 to July 6, 1986 which coincided with the 11th Anniversary celebration of HARI.

OCTOBER 12, 1986

On Vijaya Dashami day, Pran Pratistha of the new deities of Rama, Sita and Hanuman was performed (Pran Pratistha of Lakshman followed later).

NOVEMBER 4, 1996

Temple expansion project was started.

JUNE 12, 1999

Celebration of the expansion of the temple was held.

YEAR 2000

The year 2000 has been the 25th year of HARI's existence and celebration of the Silver Anniversary of the temple has been held throughout the year 2000.


(Originally adopted 3-17-1984) (and amended 12-12-1987, 11-05-1994, 11-13-1999, 11-09-2002, 11-06-2011, 04-29-2012, 11-05-2016 and 11-10-2018) - Click here to view/download the Bylaws.

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION [1971] - Click here to view the Non-Profit Corporation, Articles of Incorporation document

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION [1975] - Click here to view the Certificate of Incorporation

HARI IRS 501C3 - Click here to view the HARI IRS 501c3

LIST OF PAST VOLUNTEER OFFICERS - Click here to view the list of past presidents of Executive Committee and Chairmans of Board of Trustees