Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya is the first free standing Siva temple of its kind in Houston . The new 4,000-square feet house of worship was inaugurated on December 18, 2007 and is an integral part of the Chinmaya Prabha facility in Sugar Land, Texas. Swami Chinmayananda, while inaugurating Chinmaya Prabha in Houston in the early 1980s, had envisioned the idea of a Siva temple on the premises. His grand vision came to life when the temple construction was initiated on the Mahasivaratri day of February 26, 2006. Over a thousand people participated in the brick laying ceremony on that day. The temple will benefit the community for many generations to come. It will help foster the mission to continue to teach and reinforce spiritual and cultural values, to spread the knowledge of Vedanta and Hindu scriptures, and to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the community. Devotees are able to perform ceremonies for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Children are taught how to do Puja and devotees are able to learn the significance of Puja and the Vedantic viewpoint behind different rituals.