COMO YOU KNOW: Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:53 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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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

Authorized: 2005

Tax Status: Exempt


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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:

Shanthi Sandesh newsletter:

Video highlights of center activities, 2009:

KBIA article:

Updated: March 18, 2012

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