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Shanthi Mandir is a Hindu temple in Columbia that was started to promote religion, education, social, literary and performing arts classes.
Location: 2006 Holly Ave, Columbia, MO
Tax Status: Exempt
Unlike traditional Hindu temples in India, Shanthi Mandir is open to all sects of Hinduism and all deities. It focuses on bringing together a community rather than the slightly different beliefs of its members. The temple also has a community center where Tamil and Hindi language classes are taught. Performing arts shows are also common there.
To be a member, a person must be 18 years or older and have an interest in Hinduism. There are annual dues of $30 for an individual or $50 for a family. Lifetime membership can be obtained if an individual gives $600 a year for 20 years or if a family gives $1,000 a year for 20 years.
Leadership at the center includes a Board of Trustees, executive committees, committee chairs and standing committees that are in charge of the decision-making process.
Links and sources
Official Shanthi Mandir website: http://shanthimandir.missouri.org
Shanthi Sandesh newsletter: http://shanthimandir.missouri.org/ShanthiSandeshV5N3.pdf
Video highlights of center activities, 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5pMGZYdN-c
Updated: March 18, 2012