Sacred Spaces: Five Places of Worship in Charlotte
Congregations of all faiths across Charlotte have one thing in common: neighbors helping neighbors. See what faith in action looks like for each of these communities
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Place of Worship: Hindu Center of Charlotte
Suresh “Sam” Vyas helped found the Hindu Center of Charlotte, located just off Independence Boulevard, in 1981, when no prominent temple existed between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The center’s membership has expanded to nearly 10,000, and its mission extends beyond the Hindu community. The Hindu Center’s yoga events have drawn Charlotteans of all faiths for the past 25 years, starting when “most people here didn’t know what (yoga) meant,” Vyas says. A new, 20,000-square-foot stone temple is under construction and set to open in early 2020. “When it’s finished,” Vyas says, “it’ll be a place anyone can come to for generations.” —A.S.