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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.

 

  UPCOMING EVENTS
  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Thursday, Apr 04, 2019
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Basanti Puja - Soshthi  more info
Date:  Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
Time:  6:00PM -

  Basanti Puja - Saptami  more info
Date:  Friday, Apr 12, 2019
Time:  8:00AM - 9:30AM

  Basanti Puja - Ashtomi  more info
Date:  Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Time:  6:30AM - 8:00AM

  Basanti Puja - Nabomi & Ram Nabami  more info
Date:  Sunday, Apr 14, 2019
Time:  6:00AM - 12:00PM

  Satyanarayan Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Apr 14, 2019
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Basanti Puja - Dashami & Naba Barsha  more info
Date:  Monday, Apr 15, 2019
Time:  6:00AM - 9:00PM

  Noboborsho - Bengali New Year  more info
Date:  Monday, Apr 15, 2019
Time:  9:00AM - 9:00PM

 
 
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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