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Shri Mangal Mandir, Silver Spring, MD

17110 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20905
Phone: (301) 421-0985 / (301) 421-0985


A Mandir is exactly a place where Divine-God is present in spirit. It is a house of God or a place for prayer and meditation. It purifies our mind, elevates our thought and sublimates our very life. We forgot ourselves, get rid of worldly worries and derive much spiritual solace and pleasure, by offering worship in these sacred shrines.

A Mandir is like a power station that stores electricity and distributes it to public. It stores up divine power and makes it available for all who reside in the area in which it is situated. The general objective of rituals in Mandir is to bring down the divine power and grace from the higher worlds to the earth and radiate it for the humanity after transforming it in a suitable manner.

A Mandir, in popular imagination, is a place of observation of religion which is usually equated with the performance of rites and ceremonies, the holding of certain beliefs, and subscribing to certain tenets. They are the means through which every religion makes its way into the emotional life of its followers. The universal principles of religion become dry and impoverished without them.

Our Mandir and images are the strong-hold of our philosophy and religion. They are more than a religious institutions. They are transmitters of our traditions and cherished associations. Our forefathers have left a rich legacy to us in the form of Mandir which continue to represent in essence our cultural heritage. Mandir is a place where festivals are organized to educate the masses in God awareness and devotion. It is the rendezvous of all that is best and holy in the human being-his art beauty, poetry, hearts fervor, charitable tendency, self giving and self sacrifice.

Shri Mangal Mandir

Shri Mangal Mandir Trust was established with the following objectives:


    * Establish and operate a Vedic Sanatan Dharma Mandir in the Metropolitan Washington area for religious purpose
    * Worship of the deities of Vedic Sanatan Dharma, daily and on special auspicious days as customarily observed
    * Provide the facilities for performance of various customary Pooja
    * Promote and hold cultural activities to fulfill the religious needs of the believers of Vedic Sanatan Dharma
    * Perform such other worship of religious ceremonies as practiced under Vedic Sanatan Dharma.


    * Propagation of the religious and philosophical teaching of the Vedic Faith
    * Publish "Shri Mangal Mandir Patrika" a journal dedicated to renewal and restoration of Vedic Faith and education of the masses in the teachings of Vedic Sanatan Dharma
    * Organize and conduct seminars, symposia, lecturers and meetings to discuss and deliberate Vedic Religion and Vedic faith
    * Such other activities as may be appropriate

With these objectives in mind, Shri Mangal Mandir Temple was built.  


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

His Divine Holiness Pujya Goswami 108
Shri Vrajrajkumarji Mahodayshri
Mangal Padharamani & Vachnamrut

Wednesday July 17 - Thursday July 18, 2013

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:15 PM
Arti: 6:30 PM
Vachnamrut: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

For additional information Contact:
Neha Parikh: (703) 868-7733
Sheel Shah: (240) 531-5243
Chandrakant Chove: (301) 421-0985
Bhargav Desai (410) 531-5253

Temple Hours

08:00 AM-12:00 PM
04:00 PM-08:00 PM

Arti Hours

11:45 AM
07:00 PM


Pooja, Rituals & Karmakand Services

Shri Mangal Mandir temple has a priest who is well versed in temple Worship and Vedic rituals. Services are available to devotees who wish to avail themselves in the temple or in their home. The following is a brief listing of services available:

    * Archanas can beperformed at any time at the temple. All other services must be pre-arranged with Priest
    * Please inform us of any changes/cancellation in advance. Contact the Priest on Pooja materials needed for service

Bal Gokulam

Mangal Mandir  Balgokulam is a joint project of Shri Mangal Mandir and VHP of America Inc. Every year it continues to advance its mission of  teaching about Hindu Dharma, Heritage and practice Hindu values in an enjoyable way. Through our weekly programs  we have seen many lives changed for the better.

What Children are learning in Mangal Mandir Bal Gokulam ?

In general children are learning Sanskrit Shlokas/Subhashitas and Bhajans as an introduction into Hindu Sanskars. Values highlighted  in Hindu Dharma are being taught using the role model of characters in Ramayana, Mahabharat and also from the stories of Hindu saints and heroes. Opportunities are provided to understand and assimilate the Hindu culture by celebrating festivals like, Diwali, Holi, Navratri etc.

Yukti Group

They are learning about Srimad Bhagavad Geeta, the message of Lord Krishna. They are also learning/discussing  about values universal value system highlighted in Hindu Epics.

Bhakti Group

They are learning about Ramayan, Hindu Gods/Godess, their  message, importance in life. They are doing workshops on the arts and crafts, mainly taken from traditional Indian/Hindu culture.

Shakti Group

They are learning about Sanskit Shlokas, basics of Hindu Dharma Stories of great personalities (using Amarchitra Kata books).

Goals BalGokulam/BalVihar are…

  • To facilitate children to appreciate, learn and practice Hindu Dharma and Hindu way of life.
  • Instill pride and confidence in Hindu children about their identity.
  • Teach Bharatiya languages which helps children to better understand their culture.
  • Develop social awareness and leadership skills among children.

How can we participate?

This activity is conducted and coordinated by volunteers. They are dedicating their time, resource and energy to conduct the programs.  We appreciate any help that parents/volunteers that will help to improve the programs to achieve the goals stated above.  For details please talk to any of the volunteers.


Mangal Mandir presents Bhajans every Sundays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.


To register please contact:
Smita Jheveri @ 410-290-9092 Emai: smita523@yahoo.com

60+ Senior Citizen Club

Join 60+ Senior Citizen Club on 1st and 3rd Sundays between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.



Shri Mangal Mandir has Vishnu Shahastranam Path at every Ekadashi at 6:30 PM.


Shri Mangal Mandir, Silver Spring 


Saturday @ 8:00 AM

Yoga is a way of life that includes ethical precepts, dietary prescriptions, and physical exercise. If practitioners have long known that their discipline has the capacity to alter mental and bodily responses normally thought to be far beyond a person’s ability to modulate them. During the past 80 years, health professionals in India and the West have begun to investigate the therapeutic potential of yoga. To date, thousands of research studies have been undertaken and have shown that with the practice of yoga a person can, indeed, learn to control such physiologic parameters as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory function, metabolic rate, skin resistance, brain waves, body temperature, and many other bodily functions.

Regular yogic meditation also has been shown to reduce anxiety levels; cause the heart to work more efficiently and decrease respiratory rate; lower blood pressure and alter brain waves; increase communication between the right and left brain; reduce cholesterol levels (when used with diet and exercise); help people stop smoking; and successfully treat arthritis.
For more information and to register please contact: Smita Jhaveri @ 410-290-9092, E-mail:smita523@yahoo.com or Mr. Patel : 301-774-6508 or
Priest : 301-421-0985


17110 New Hampshire Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Phone: (301) 421-0985/86


From Tysons Corner, VA to Shri Mangal Mandir

    * Get onto East SR-123 [Chain Bridge Rd]
    * Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-495 [I-495 Inner loop] (16 mi)
    * Entering Maryland
    * At exit 30A, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-29 [Colesville Rd] (2.6 mi)
    * Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-650 [New Hampshire Ave] (7.3 mi)
    * Arrive at 17110 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905

From Gaithersburg, MD to Shri Mangal Mandir

    * Get onto South-East SR-355 [S Frederick Ave]
    * Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-355 [Frederick Rd] (1.6 mi)
    * Turn LEFT (East) onto (W) Gude Dr (2.1 mi)
    * Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-28 [Norbeck Rd] (5.7 mi)
    * Turn LEFT (North-East) onto SR-182 [Layhill Rd] (0.5 mi)
    * Bear RIGHT (East) onto Ednor Rd (1.9 mi)
    * Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-650 [New Hampshire Ave] (0.1 mi)
    * Arrive at 17110 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905

From Baltimore, MD to Shri Mangal Mandir

    * Get onto I-95 South
    * At exit 33B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-198 [Sandy Spring Rd] (6.3 mi)
    * Keep RIGHT onto Local road(s)
    * Bear RIGHT (North) onto SR-650 [New Hampshire Ave] (1.2 mi)
    * Arrive at 17110 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905

10001 Riggs Road, Adelphi, MD 20783
(301) 445  -2165

 & (301) 434 - 1000



Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 1:00PM
4:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday - Sunday
8:00AM - 9:00PM
Daily Aarti, Monday - Saturday
Daily Aarti, Sunday

Every Tuesday, Hanuman Pooja & Chalisa, Sunder-Kand Path
7:30PM - 8:45PM
Every Sunday, Prarthana, Satsand, Prabachan
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Followed by Prasad and Priti Bhoj
Every Purnima (Full Moon), Satya Narayan Katha

Hindu Temple welcome all devotees with their friends and families. Sponsorship of weekly programs and special events are appreciated

Puja Services

  • Ramayana Paath
  • Gita Paath
  • Kirtan
  • Satya Naryana Katha
  • Jamna Teva
  • Annaprashan Sankar
  • Nakaran Sankar
  • Birthday Pooja
  • Mundan Sanskar
  • Vivah Sanskar
  • Graha Parvesh
  • Grahashanti Paryog
  • Anteshthi Sanskar

Jagran Services,

Havan Services

Mr. Pitamber Ji or Mr. Shastri Ji at the Temple:
301-445-2165 / 301-434-1000

NOTE: For services outside the Temple, the requestor must provide transportation both ways.

To schedule a Private Vedic Havan at your residence you may also contact:

Mr. Sudir Khetrapal at 240-505-4204
Mr. Ram Agrawal at 301-401-5258


The Satyanarayan
Pooja and Katha is a Hindu religious
observance. The Satyanarayana Pooja is usually done on the
Purnima day of every month (the day
of the full moon) or a
Sankranti. It can also be performed on any day for any reason.
It is also done on special occasions and during times of
achievements as an offering of gratitude to the Lord. These
occasions include marriage, graduation, new job, and
purchase of a new home to name a few. In addition, it is said
that a devotional performance of this puja will bear children to
couples trying to start a family.
Katha By Hindu Temple Head Priest
Pandit Pitamber Dutt Sharma Ji
Puja Thalis
will be available at the Temple

To sponsor Katha or Preeti Bhoj, please contact
Pandit Pitamber Duttji
Pandit Ram
(301)445 2165 & (301)434 1000
Sudhir Khetarpal (temple services)
(240) 505 4204
Bharti Khetarpal (priti Bhoj)
(301) 890 4597
Shukla Khanna
(temple services) skkhanna15@yahoo.com
(301) 879 9708
Vippan Chopra
(temple services)
(202) 369 2946
Ram Agarwal
(temple services)
(301) 404 5258
Hindu Temple

Regularly Scheduled Prayer Services
EVERY Sunday Service: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
ease note change in time until March
(We will inform you when Sunday Service Time will change in Spring 2013)
8:00 AM & 8:00 PM
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hanuman Chalisa & Sunderkaand Paath
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sai Baba Ji Prayer Service
8:00 PM
Santoshi Mata Arti
Saturdays & Sundays:
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
Mahavir Jain Prayer Service
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
haja Meditation
Hindu Temple
Lower Level Room
Every Other Sunday:
10:00 AM to Noon
Trinidad Hindu Temple Prayer Service
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
JOGA Orissa Group Prayer Service
(Every Third Saturday)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Jhulelal Sai
Baba Prayer Service
(Check website for dates)
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderkaand Paath
(Every Last Saturday)
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bhajan Sandhya
(Every Last Sunday)
Volunteers, Sponsors
& Donations are welcome for events!
Please make
donation checks payable to: Hindu Temple
$1 a Day Program
Shukla Khanna, e mail:
Gopal Jain, e mail:
Volunteer Services Co
Vijay Shangari, e mail:
Priti Bhoj Services:
Bharti Khetarpal,
301 890 4597
Auditorium Service:
Vippan Chopra,
(202) 369 2946
Vikram Kansal,
(301) 792 6662
Prayer Hall Services:
Ram Agrawal,

301 404 5258 
Sudhir Khetarpal,
240  505 4204
Leasing Services:
Vippan Chopra,
(202) 369 2946
(Office space) Dr. Vi
kram Kushawaha,


Beltway (I -495), take New Hampshire Avenue North towards White Oak. At the third traffic light, turn right on Powder Mill
Road. At next traffic light turn right on Riggs Road. The Hindu Temple is the last building on the left at
10001 Riggs Road before the Beltway.

Please join to sing bhajans, participate in religious discourse

every third Saturday from 6:00-9:00 PM
Place: Hindu Temple
10001 Riggs Rd, Adelphi, MD 20783

(Prasad and Prithi Bhoj will be served after the Arti)

Organized by
Jagannath Organization for Global Awareness (JOGA)
Temple: 301 434 1000 or 301 445 2165

The following spiritual programs have been scheduled on behalf of the Hindu Temple of Washington Metropolitan, a
non profit tax exempt organization in USA.

5 PM to 7 PM
in the Prayer Hall
Sunderkaand Paath
With Ramanand Ji
, and Hindu Temple Priests
Pandit Pitamber Dutt Sharma and Ram Kumar Shastri
Sundarkaand Recitation,
Bhajans, Kirtan
Followed by Prasad & Priti Bhoj

Schedule for
Sundarkaand Paath:
Republic Day
February 23 (Pradosh
Ganesh Chaturthi
April 27
25 (Bhagwan Buddha Jayanti & Purnima)
Pradosha, Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom
December 28
24 Hours Non Stop Reading of Ramayana
10 :00 AM
December 31, 2013

till 1:00 PM
January 1, 2014

Shri Shirdi Sai Bhajans and Arti

Every Thursday Evening
8.00 pm to 9.00pm
Satish Aytha
571 438 1058
Vijay Seoni
240 421 1222



Mrs. Shukla Khanna Ji

Mrs. Vijay Kushwaha Ji

Mr. Vikram Kansal Ji




The Temple would like to form a committee and start a Youth Program. Anyone interested in managing such a program, please contact anyone in the Management Committee.

contact information

The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington
10001 Riggs Road,
Adelphi, MD 20783

Telephone:      301.445.2165
Telephone:      301.434.1000
E-mail: webmaster@hindutemplemd.org
Every Monday 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Om Tat Sat

(My humble  salutations to the great devotees ,  wikisources  and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )


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