The New York Mari-Amman Koil was established in 2002 in Richmond Hills Queens by its founders Mootooboy Madray, Haresh Apanna and Errol Virasawmi. The Tamil culture was brought to Guyana from South India by our forefathers over two hundred ago, which has been deeply preserved in its originality. We, the Tamil descendents from Guyana, like our forefathers, have also brought our Culture and Gods with us to America. Tamil people are extremely passionate about their worship, culture and heritage, with this in mind, The New York Mari-Amman Koil was established to provide the essentials along with and appeasing atmosphere necessary to perform one’s puja according to their desire. At our temple we try to uphold and maintain the traditional rites, ways and layout as it was done in ancient times. Great Pusaris like Raj Ramsammy(Lil Mouth), Bayah Tata, Peter Jogi, James Naidu and many others have laid such foundation for us to follow.
The New York Mari-Amman Koil, is a temple, a house of worship and a place for devotion, this is where we emphasize our focus. We welcome you to join us in performing this ancient worship to Permaul, his sister Mari-Amman along with her Kaval Divams.
The New York Mari-Amman Koil, is a 501 C (3) Non-Profit temple. It is registered under the Internal Revenue Code and is a tax exempt organization. The temple is operated and registered in Queens County, NY.
Mission and Purpose as published in the bylaws:
Section 193.1 the purpose of which the Corporation is formed shall be:
To promote and preserve the ancient Mari-Amman culture and tradition, that is based on teaching from the Sri Mari-Amman Thalaatu as well as other sacred Tamil and Vedic texts.
To strive for spiritual enrichment and human excellence through assimilation of the values set forth by Tamil Hindus and sacred scriptures into daily lives.
To recognize and respect other religions and belief systems in their proper context.
To provide information regarding our cultural heritage to our community and the public.
To preserve our Tamil cultural heritage by the involvement of our youth by offering classes in traditional music, dances, songs and the Tamil language.
Section 193.2 Powers and Limitations
The organization shall have and may exercise all powers allowed under the State of New York Non-Profit Corporation law:
Public Purpose: The Church is organized to serve the public and community interests. Accordingly, it shall not be operated for the benefit of private interest.
Accumulation of Income: All income accumulated shall be reinvested into the development of the temple.
Specific Restrictions: There shall be no fees charged for Puja (services) performed at the Church, however, donations are welcome.