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History

Shri Mangal Mandir Trust was established in August 1980 subsequent to the Bhagvat Saptah, with the primary objective of building a Hindu Temple (Shri Mangal Madir) in the Metropolitan Washington area and to help preserve the rich heritage of the Hindu Religion and to reaffirm in the community the high values of life that they have always believed in.

On Sunday May 22nd, 1983, Shri Mangal Mandir Trust organized the Bhoomipujan ceremony.  A beautiful five acre lot on New Hampshire Avenue near Ednor Road in Colesville,  Maryland was consecrated for the Mangal Mandir construction. Despite the steady drizzle on that day , Mandir Mandap (tent) was packed to capacity by about 1200 devotees.

Sant Shri Keshavda of Washington, D.C.,  His Holiness Sivya Subramaniya Swami of Hawaii and Priyadarshi Ashokaji of New York graced the occasion.  After the Ganesh Puja, Shantikaran Yagna and Bhoomipujan, the devotees were blessed by three Gurudevas.  Each in turn presented a short discourse on Hinduism, the need for a temple in Washington area and most importantly the benefits that it will offer to all the generations of Hindus.  They called upon all the Hindus to resolve their differences and work towards the common cause of Hindu solidarity in U.S.A.

The celebration was also attended by the Ambassadors of Singapore, Mauritius and Counselors from Nepal and India.  These dignitaries also blessed the efforts of the temple organizers and offered their whole hearted support to the cause.

The Milestones of Mandir Construction and Inauguration are listed below.

        * Establishment of Shri Mangal Mandir Trust -August 1980
        * Land purchased - May 3, 1983
        * Bhoomi Poojan - May 22,1983
        * Construction Plans Approved - October 1985
        * Foundation Stone Laid - 1986
        * Construction Begun - March 1989
        * Construction Phase- I Completed - June 1991
        * Moortis Purchased - August 1992
        * Construction Phase- II Completed - May 1993
        * Inaguration - June 1993