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 has now become our Community Center.

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, we are almost there. The Campaign funds are being 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 will be inaugurated in 2015.

 

  UPCOMING EVENTS
  Sahitya O Alochana  more info
Date:  Friday, May 25, 2018
Time:  8:00PM - 9:00PM

  Satyanarayana Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, May 27, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018
Time:  6:30PM - 8:30PM

  Doshohara  more info
Date:  Saturday, Jun 23, 2018
Time:  9:00AM - 10:30AM

  Satyanarayan Puja  more info
Date:  Saturday, Jun 23, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Lord Jagannath Snan Jatra  more info
Date:  Thursday, Jun 28, 2018
Time:  8:30AM - 10:00AM

  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
Time:  6:30PM - 8:30PM

  Lord Jagannath Ratha Jatra  more info
Date:  Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

 
 
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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