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.


  Seniors Forum  more info
Date:  Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
Time:  1:30PM - 3:30PM

  Jagaddhatri Puja  more info
Date:  Friday, Oct 27, 2017
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  Jagaddhatri Puja  more info
Date:  Saturday, Oct 28, 2017
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  Jagaddhatri Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Oct 29, 2017
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  Raas Yatra & Satyanarayan Puja  more info
Date:  Friday, Nov 03, 2017
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Ananda Mandir Foundation Day  more info
Date:  Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
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  Shyama Puja  more info
Date:  Friday, Nov 17, 2017
Time:  6:00PM - 8:00PM

  Satyanarayan Puja  more info
Date:  Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
Time:  5:30PM - 7:30PM

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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