On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, family members, friends, devotees and community members are deeply saddened following the passing of Pandit Vishnu Sukul, Hindu Priest of the Vishnu Mandir in The Bronx. He survived 30 days after a massive heart attack with full brain function and was surrounded by his wife, kids and devotees.

“In 1996 my Father opened the Vishnu Mandir, Hindu Temple, in the borough of The Bronx to have a place for the community members to be able to attend and worship,” said Vishnu Sukul’s daughter, Bharati Kemraj. “23 years after and the Mandir is an iconic place for all to attend while promoting religion and practicing Hinduism. His leadership and legacy will forever live on.”

At the age of nine, Pandit Sukul started officiating as a Hindu Priest in his home country of Guyana. Since then, he has traveled the world, preaching and spreading the name of God and Hinduism. His story, like so many immigrant stories, is remarkable. Growing up in a small village, dreamed of owning his own temple and building a peaceful, happy life for his family. Pandit Vishnu achieved both of those dreams in his time on earth. With tears, laughter and singing, Pandit Sukul will be remembered and honored at the Vishnu Mandir Hindu, the place he worked so hard to build.

“The world has lost a great man, a servant of God and a leader to the people of the Hindu community,” said Pandit Vishnu’s son, Pandit Vyaas Sukul. “His humbleness, love for life, work ethic, duty to help others, devotion to Hinduism and sense of humor are traits we hope to live up to in his honor.”

As thousands mourn the loss of Pandit Vishnu Sukul all around the world and right here in The Bronx, Pandit Sukul is survived by his wife, six children, two sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, mother-in-law, father-in-law, members of the Vishnu Mandir and community members.

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