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
  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Dec 17, 2017
Time:  5:30PM - 7:30PM

  New Year Darshan  more info
Date:  Monday, Jan 01, 2018
Time:  9:00AM - 9:00PM

  Satyanarayana Puja  more info
Date:  Monday, Jan 01, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Ratanti Kalika Puja  more info
Date:  Monday, Jan 15, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:30PM

  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Ganesh Chaturthi  more info
Date:  Sunday, Jan 21, 2018
Time:  9:30AM - 10:30AM

  Saraswati Puja  more info
Date:  Monday, Jan 22, 2018
Time:  8:30AM - 11:30AM

  Bani Bandana  more info
Date:  Sunday, Jan 28, 2018
Time:  10:00AM - 11:30AM

 
 
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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