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History & Mission

With limited funds but unlimited hope, leading members of the Bengali community in New Jersey got together in 1995 and incorporated Ananda Mandir as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Following intensive efforts to locate a property that could accommodate a Temple as well as a Community Center, Ananda Mandir purchased a 7.5 acre property in December, 1997. At that time, the property included a 2800 sq. ft., 6-year old ranch-style building and two additional usable structures.

Ananda Mandir became debt-free in 2001 and began a serious effort to obtain Township permits for a Hindu Temple on the site. We received Construction Permit in November, 2002 - and we celebrated Temple groundbreaking with Bhumi Puja on December 7, 2002 - a historic date in our calendar! Temple construction was completed in 2003. The old ranch-style building then became the residence for our priest and our office/meeting/classroom space.

In 2011 we launched The Campaign for Ananda Mandir with a goal of raising $1 million by the end of 2013. With your generous contributions, this goal ws achieved. The Campaign funds were used primarily for the construction of a new and expanded temple with a classical Bengali temple façade and a multi-functional cultural center. This two-year, $4 million+ project was completed in 2015-2016

in June 2018, Ananda Mandir Hosted NABC 2018 at Atlantic City, NJ. NABC 2018 was a great success and enjoyed by thousands of Bengalis from all over the USA. Click to view the pictures from the event, and here to view short videos.


  Sahitya O Alochana  more info
Date:  Friday, Jan 25, 2019
Time:  8:00PM - 9:00PM

  Ratanti Kalika Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Feb 03, 2019
Time:  5:00PM - 7:00PM

  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Monday, Feb 04, 2019
Time:  5:30PM - 7:30PM

  Ganesh Chaturthi  more info
Date:  Saturday, Feb 09, 2019
Time:  8:00AM - 9:30AM

  Saraswati Puja and Bani Bandana  more info
Date:  Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
Time:  8:00AM - 10:30AM

  Satyanarayan Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Maha Shivaratri  more info
Date:  Monday, Mar 04, 2019
Time:  5:00PM - 5:00AM

  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019
Time:  6:30PM - 8:30PM

Sarva Mangala Mangalye - Shive Sarvartha Sadhike - Sharanye Triyambake Gouri - Naryani Namohostute
Ananda Mandir, 269 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873-5212 Phone: (732) 873-9821
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