Matri Mandir Delhi
Registered on the 13th June 1966 under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Punjab Amendment Act 1957) as extended to the Union Territory of Delhi vides Regn. No: S-3039 of 1966-67, the Matri Mandir Samity is a fulfilment of a shared vision to create a domicile of worship and service toward charitable, social and cultural activities benefiting the society.
The affairs of the Matri Mandir Samity are governed by a Managing Committee comprising of 37 members, elected from amongst the members of the Samity.
Reckoned as a leading "Socio-Religious" Charitable organization in Delhi, visitors and devotees from across the city come together and partake in all activities initiated by the Matri Mandir Samity. Some of the key highlights and offerings at the Matri Mandir include:
- A temple complex and a Dharamshala maintained in the Mandir premises. The Temple complex is adorned by idols of Maa Kali, Lord Shiva and Lakshmi Narayan. Nitya puja and various rituals are convened by accomplished and revered priests.
- The Dharamshala provides comfortable and hygienic accommodation to the boarders/ visitors. For those interested, sightseeing tours and transportation arrangements are made available for their convenience, along with meal arrangements at the Dharamshala.
- As part of recreational, social and cultural events, religious discourses, Art & Music Classes and Health Camps are organized in the Mandir complex.
- There also exist Charitable Medical Clinics along with Homeopathy, Allopathic and Physiotherapy units open and available to all visitors and general public through the year.
- Matri Mandir Samity has taken initiatives in sponsoring education for school students who require such assistance.
All the activities and initiatives of the Samity are ably managed by several "Sub-Committees" constituted to pay specialized attention for seamless administration of the organization. Each committee, under astute guidance and support of experienced committee members, works relentlessly, making Matri Mandir Samity a recognised and revered name in the community.
Rome was not built in a day. It took years of planning and tireless efforts of innumerable known and unknown faces to transform a vision into reality. Matri Mandir has a similar story to tell. The establishment in its current magnificent form was a dream painstakingly put together by its many members, devotees and visitors.
Matri Mandir Samity was established in 1965 with Late A.K. Sarkar as President and Late S.R. Banerjee as General Secretary. In 1966, it was registered under Societies Act and Late Sachindra Kumar Maitra became its President and Late Bimal Bhusan Chakraborty, General Secretary. [Past President and General Secretaries]
Enumerated below are some key milestones we reminiscence around:
- 1969: The first construction, a small Kali temple, was taken up. The foundation stone was laid by Late S. G. Basu Mallik, the then Vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority. The temple was inaugurated during the auspicious occasion of Kali Puja in 1969. A small clay deity of Maa Kali was installed and daily Puja started
- 1974: Prof. Debiprasad Chattopaddhyaya, the then Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, laid the foundation stone on September 22, 1974, in the benign presence of Late (Justice) Nagendra Singh, Late (Dr) Santosh Kr. Sen and Late (Smt) Kalyani Kumaramangalam among many others
- 1975: The ground-floor of the Dharmashala was inaugurated by Prof. Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya on 15th April 1975 and thrown open to visitors from 1st August 1975
- 1978: Toward the end of 1978, the majestic Maa Kali Temple was ready. It was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Vice-President of India, Dr. B.D. Jatti on the 4th December, 1978, in the holy presence of Shri Shri Anandamoyee Maa and Swami Budhanandajee of Ramakrishna Mission.
- 1986: The expansion of Dharmashala was taken up. By means of the generous support received from Sri Sri Mohananda Brahmachari Maharaj, the three-story Dharmashala block, in its present form, was completed, signaling the completion of our long cherished dream
- 1990: As per plan for the second phase, a Lord Shiva Temple was completed adjacent to the existing Kali Temple. The Shiva-lingam was installed and the temple was thrown open to public on the 27thof December, 1990
- 1993: A grand and magnificent Laksmi–Narayan Temple was built adjacent to the existing Kali Temple. The kind and generous support from Late S.L. Shakdher, Ex-Chief Election Commissioner helped realize this dream. The temple was thrown open to the devotees on the 28th of April, 1993, and the temple, in its entirety as envisaged, was complete
- 2001: Matri Mandir started a quarterly Bengali Magazine, ‘Matri Mandir Sambad’ in 2001. The publication chronicles the birth and steady growth of Matri Mandir along with a wide collection of contributions from local as well as writers of repute from far off places. It has become a very popular publication over the years
- 2001: Scholarship programme for the meritorious and in need students was launched. Inspired by the gracious gesture of Late Salil Ghosh and Smt. Sukla Ghosh, a Scholarship Fund in memory of their beloved son Late Sudipto Ghosh was founded. At present, Sudipto Ghosh Memorial Scholarships are being disbursed to about 50 School Students of Delhi every year.
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