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Niagara Hindu Samaj, Shiv Mandir, Catharines, ON, Canada
The objective of the Niagara Hindu Samaj is to provide devotional and cultural services to followers of two great and ancient belief systems, Hinduism and Jainism. The Samaj also serves the greater Niagara community through its many programs and service offerings.
What we do
The Niagara Hindu Samaj has raised funds for the relief of disaster-stricken people in various parts of the world, notably Haiti, Sri Lanka, India, and Japan. It consistently supports local food banks too.
We have organized, sponsored and supported several cultural events dedicated to broadening the cultural horizons of the Niagara community.
The Samaj has organized several events geared at disseminating knowledge relating to health matters to the Niagara community. Topics include cancer & diabetes
The Niagara Hindu Samaj exemplifies the courage and determination of the members of the Hindu and Jain communities in the Niagara region.
Beginning in the mid-eighties, community members would meet at each others’ homes over the weekend to pray and worship together. Festivals used to be celebrated either at the homes of community members or at rented venues.
This period marked the establishment of the Niagara Hindu Samaj as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the task of raising awareness of Hinduism and Jainism within the mainstream community.
Founder and Visionary
Outstanding visionary, scholar and true karmayogi, Dr. Udayan P. Rege was Professor of Finance at Brock University in St. Catharines. He was gifted with exemplary leadership skills, vision and compassion. Under his stewardship, the Niagara Hindu Samaj grew from a fledgling organization to a well-established entity representing the interests of the Hindu and Jain communities in the Niagara Region.
During the late nineties, Dr. Rege galvanized the community to action. Inspired by his vision, community members gathered courage enough to dream. Very shortly thereafter, the collective dream came true with the establishment of the Shiv Mandir (Temple) in 1999 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Dr. Rege passed away in January 2000 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He is fondly remembered by the community that he served so well.
Welcome to the Shiv Mandir! Established by the Niagara Hindu Samaj in August 1999 in response to community needs, the Shiv Mandir (Temple) is virtually a haven of peace and spirituality.
The Shiv Mandir is home to Lord Shiva as well as a wide range of deities sacred to the Hindu and Jain traditions. I have heard many visitors to the Shiv Mandir tell me that what impresses them most about the Mandir is the sheer power of the divine vibrations from these deities they always experience every time they visit.
I invite you to visit the Shiv Mandir to experience this for yourself! May Lord Shiva (Bhagwan Shivji) grant you peace, harmony and bliss! Hari Om!
Dev Maata Prana Pratishta
Niagara Hindu Samaj will be observing the 10th anniversary of the Pran Pratishtha (installation and consecration) of the murti (image) of Devi Mataji with a Mata ki Chowki on Friday, Oct 11, 2013 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Shiv Mandir. The date also marks Maha Ashthami of the Sharad Navratra period.
Come to the Shiv Mandir to experience the sheer bliss of devotion to the Divine Mother! Preetibhoj will be served at 6 PM, followed by the Chowki, from 6:30 PM which culminates with aarti at 9 PM. This is a sponsored event. All are welcome!
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Diwali Dinner 26th October, 6.00 pm
It’s party time! Come celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights in style at our Diwali Dinner and Dance Party at Club Italia, 2525 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S4 (905-374-7388).
Soak in a fun-filled event complete with amazing vegetarian food from The Host, awesome entertainment, and non-stop dancing to terrific music by Deejay Pannu!
Tickets are $50 ($25 for children from 3 to 12 years, free for children below 3). call 905-646-1166 or 905-735-1320.
A Place of worship for Hindus and Jains
The mission of the Shiv Mandir is to provide all individuals, regardless of race, gender or creed the means to realize their fullest spiritual potential as human beings capable of attaining moksha or oneness with the Divine in accordance with the timeless traditions of Sanatan Dharma.
The deities at the Shiv Mandir have all been consecrated through their respective Pran Pratishtha ceremonies. The latest deity to have been consecrated at the Shiv Mandir is Veer Hanumanji, the warrior form of Lord Hanuman, the Divine Devotee of Bhagwan Shri Ram.
Daily Puja & Aarti: 9 AM and 7 PM
Mondays: Shiv Vandana 6 PM -7 PM
Tuesdays: Hanuman Vandana 6 PM -7 PM
Fridays: Kartikeya Vandana 6 PM -7 PM
2nd Saturday of each month: Sai Baba Satsang, 10 - 11 AM.
Jain Puja 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Bhajan Satsang 3 PM - 5 PM, followed by Aarti & Preetibhoj.
The Shiv Mandir is closed to the public on Wednesdays.
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The Shiv Mandir is located at 5284 Second Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 4K2, Canada.
Monday - Saturday: 9-11 AM, 5-8 PM.
Sunday: 9-11 AM, 3-8 PM.
(Please ring the doorbell for admittance).
Closed on Wednesdays.
From Toronto/Hamilton: Take QEW Niagara. Exit on Highway 420. Continue on Hwy 420 past the Stanley Ave. crossing, then turn left on MacDonald Avenue. Take a right on Stamford St., and then a left on Second Avenue.
From Fort Erie/Buffalo: Take QEW Toronto. Exit on Highway 420. Continue on Hwy 420 past the Stanley Ave. crossing, then turn left on MacDonald Avenue. Take a right on Stamford St., and then a left on Second Avenue.
Om Tat Sat
(My humble salutations to the great devotees , wikisources and Pilgrimage tourist guide for the collection )