Before 1978, any religious ceremonies that were conducted were held in individual houses whenever they needed to be performed. There were no organized religious activities for everyone to attend. Then, in 1978, some individual came together and began having organized religious activities once a month on a rotational basis at people's homes. However, at this time there were not enough people in the community to support a center. The purpose of there kirtans was to learn and practice Hinduism, and also to pass our rich culture and traditions to our children. Diwali, Navratri and other religious programs were celebrated in conjunction with the Indian Students Association of the University of Tennessee. The Hindu population began to grow in the early 80's as the Tennessee Valley Authority began hiring more people for technical positions. As the Hindu community grew, the demand for organized religious functions grew along with it. By 1982 the Knoxville participants in Kirtans had saved $267.80. On April 8, 1982, a check of $20 was sent to the Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York to purchase a Bhajan Book, the same book which is currently being used by our congregation today.