On 7th November 1954 a small team of devout Sindhis of Lucknow set out to create a bit of history. Bugle was blown. A religious organization named Shri Har Mandir was established in a small rented room of Kasturba Nari Shala, 22, B. N.Road, Lalbagh, Lucknow. The ceremony was blessed by Sindh’s Sufi Sant Dr. Rochaldas.
With a view to build temple on its own land, a plot of land, measuring 23,674 sq.ft. was purchased in the year 1974 on Quniton Road (now renamed as Hari Om Mandir Marg) Lalbagh, Lucknow Its foundation was laid by world renowned spiritual leader Dada Jashan P. Vaswani.
Thereafter, this multi-purpose, social, religious and charitable organization got a new name HARI OM MANDIR, a new constitution was framed on 27th April 1986 and was got registered on 7th November 1987 under the Societies’ Registration Act XXI of 1860. In the years that followed, “Hari Om Mandir” was evolved. Plant planted more than six decades ago has grown into a full-fledged tree now. Today, Hari Om Mandir is Lucknow’s most prestigious and premier religious, social and charitable institution.
After this, Mandir in its new Avatar began its new journey to serve the community and uphold the cause of humanity.
The magnificent premises of Hari Om Mandir consist of:
1. Mandir Hall
It is the Central (holy) Hall on the ground floor and is called Mandir Hall. It is the main attraction of all devotees where they assemble for worship and other religious services. The marble Moortis (statues) of almost all important Hindu deities adorn this Mandir Hall. Holy Books “Shri Guru Granth Sahib” and “Bhagwad Gita” are kept on a high spacious wooden platform (Manji Sahib) especially built for this purpose.It is the Central (holy) Hall on the ground floor and is called Mandir Hall. It is the main attraction of all devotees where they assemble for worship and other religious services. The marble Moortis (statues) of almost all important Hindu deities adorn this Mandir Hall. Holy Books “Shri Guru Granth Sahib” and “Bhagwad Gita” are kept on a high specious wooden platform (Manjhee Sahib) especially built for this purposed
2. Motil Bai Hall
It is a big hall on the ground floor, which is used for social, religious and cultural purposes.
3. Dinesh Hall
It is a mini hall on the first floor.
4. Mini Hall
It is a mini hall on the first floor.
Dharamshala has five rooms on the first floor and four rooms on the second floor for temporary stay of the visiting devotees, Sadhus etc.
Some other temples have also been constructed within the premises of Mandir, namely (1) Jhule Lal Temple (2) Shivalaya (3) Sankat Mochan (Lord Hanuman) Mandir (4) Mata Kalka Mandir
Also the marble Murtees (statues) of eight Sindhi Sants beautify the verandah of Mandir premises, namely:
All-important religious festivals, like Ram Navmi, Sri Krishna Janmashtmi, Hanuman Jayanti (Bara Mangal), Cheti Chand (Jhule Lal Jayanti), Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday, Sri Guru Govind Singh Birthday, Maha Shivratri are celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm every year. Prasad and Community Kitchen (Langar) are served on these functions.
To pay respectful homage to those departed souls who, during their lifetime, selflessly served this pious institution with great zeal and devotion. Mandir observes Shradhanjali Divas on the last Sunday of April every year. This day is of great significance for Hari Om Mandir.
Weekly religious congregation is held in Mandir on every Sunday on a regular basis in which devotees coming from all corners of the city participate with devotion. Asa-Di-War, Shabad-Kirtan, religious discourses, Anand Saheb, Arti, Ardas, Vachan Saheb and Pallav are some of the special features/Nitnem of this programme.
Mandir strongly believes that real worship (Puja) is the service of the people. Religion is nothing but the purification of the soul. If it is devoid of a spirit to serve the needy, it becomes socially irrelevant. Keeping this agenda as its goal, Mandir provides free ration to various needy families every month. It also provides financial assistance for education to the wards of poor families, medical aid to the needy sick etc.
Hari Om Mandir has now become a nerve center for all social and religious activities. This pious place is, indeed, the pride of Lucknow. People coming from outside make it a point to visit this holy place. It is now one of the most reputed organizations of Lucknow and enjoys the goodwill, confidence and affection of the people of Lucknow.
1.Managing Committee of Hari Om Mandir:
The Managing committee consists of dedicated Sindhi social workers, coming from all corners of the city, and they work as a team on honorary basis. The entire management of the affairs of Mandir is in the hands of this Managing Committee. It consists of 10 office-bearers and 11 other members who are elected by its General body. Elections are held bi-annually. General body meetings of Mandir are held every year in the month of August. For day-today smooth functioning, monthly meetings of Managing Committee are held regularly.
At present the office bearers and the members of Managing Committee are as under:
|1||Sri Ramchand T. Balani||President|
|2||Sri Kishanchand T. Bhambhwani||Vice-President|
|3||Sri Purshottam Keswani||General Secretary|
|4||Sri Pradeep C. Ballaney||Addl. General Secretary -I|
|5||Prof. G.K. Lalchandani||Additional General Secretary -II|
|6||Sri Harish Wadhwani||Secretary(Satsang)|
|7||Sri Ramesh D. Balani||Joint Secretary (Satsang)|
|8||Sri J.P. Nagpal||Secretary (Building)|
|9||Sri Prakash K. Kriplani||Treasurer|
|10||Sri Jaikishan Kumar Ambwani||Joint Treasurer|
|11||Sri S.C. Hingorani||Member|
|12||Sri K.S. Rajani||Member|
|13||Sri Manohar Lal Keswani||Member|
|14||Sri Topandas Amarnani||Member|
|15||Sri Vinod Punjabi||Member|
|16||Sri Anup Gurnanee||Member|
|17||Sri Manohar Lal Ahuja||Member|
|18||Sri Shiv Kumar Lakhani||Member|
|19||Dr. Gopi Ahuja||Member|
|20||Sri Chander Ahuja||Member|
|21||Sri Prakash Godwani||Member|
|Sri Prakash D. Kripalani||Sri Karan J. Rupani||Smt. Anju Nagpal|
|M/s B. Jethwani & Co.,||Chartered Accountants|
|Smt Laju Hingorani|
|Smt. Pushpa Rajani|
|Smt. Meena Keswani|
|Smt. Hardevi Bhagwani|
All the funds and properties (movable and immovable) received or acquired in any manner are deemed to belong to Mandir and no individual member or any other person or office bearer has any proprietary right, title or interest in or over these funds and properties or any portion thereof. The Managing Committee is the custodian of all donations, Bheta from Sangat, Ardas and Gulak, charities etc.
The accounts of Hari Om Mandir are audited at the end of each financial year by the Auditor. At present, Shri Bhagwan Jethwani C.A. of M/s B. Jethwani & Co., Chartered Accountants, Lucknow is the Auditor of Hari Om Mandir.