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Holy Pilgrimage - Hindu temples in Norwar

Sanatan Mandir Sabha, Slemmestad, Norway

Address: Nyveien 6, 3470 Slemmestad
Telephone: 31280313
E-mail: smandirs@gmail.com

About us

Short history of Sanatan Mandir Sabha of Norway

A major part of the migration from India to Norway took place in 1971 – 1974. They got settled mainly in Oslo, Drammen, Fredrikstad and other parts of the south east Norway. Many of these earlier settlers were already engaged in religious activities and the idea of building a Hindu temple in this country was every Hindu’s dream right from the beginning.
Some Hindu devotes took initiative to start Bhajan-kirtan while others started collecting funds to establish Hindu Temple. There were some devotees who took initiative to build a temple in Fredrikstad. The funds collected in Fredrikstad later on been donated to Sanatan Mandir Sabha.
The idea of building a temple around Oslo and Drammen area was given a practical shape, during several meetings held in Drammen. A formal invitation and information about establishment of a temple was sent through the local newspaper in Drammen. A 7-members committee was formed and the responsibility of the President of the committee was given to elderly and respected member of the Indian community in Drammen, Sh. Om Parkash Sharma. Sh. Madan Lal Gupta was selected as Vice-President along with Sh. Raman Bhandari as Secretary and Sh. Kishori Lal Sharma as Cashier. Sh. Vijay Rohtagi, Sh. Vijay Sharma and Sh. Shri Lal Sahajpal were elected as members of the Committee. Later on, Sh. Vijay Kalsi replaced Sh. Raman Bhandari as Secretary.
The important task for the committee in the beginning was to collect funds for the temple and enroll new members. By the end of 1986, the members of the committee have visited many households in Oslo, Drammen and surrounding areas, to collect funds for the temple. The Hindu community responded positively and donated money for this important & holy cause. Collected funds were deposited in the bank account on high interest rate. Committee worked very hard to collect funds and to enroll as many members as possible.
Sanatan Mandir Sabha, Norway was registered as the first Hindu religious community (trosamfunn) in Norway, with the Fylkesmannen I Buskerud in March 1988.
For larger gatherings like Jagran, Akhand Ramayan Path, Dewali and other celebrations, committee used to rent premises of Rommen skole in Oslo and other halls in Drammen and Oslo area. First Bhagwati Jagran was held at Roman skole in August 1988 in Oslo with the close cooperation with Sohan Lal Sharma. A by- monthly magazine named Sanatan Manch was also started with the initiative of Dr. Rajinder P. Shukla.
Committee was mainly interested to acquire a piece of land in Oslo area to construct a brand new Hindu temple. According to the Norwegian law, place of worship could only be built in specific areas like industrial area etc. Therefore, it was extremely important to acquire a land which could easily be approved by local authorities for the temple. The committee tried their best to buy a piece of land but it was not easy to get any suitable place. After long struggle, a piece of land was bought at Holmlia in Oslo and application to build a temple was submitted. After long process of approval, Oslo Kommune rejected the deal and returned the money deposited with interest.
Committee then started to find a suitable building, which could be renovated as temple. Many buildings were considered, a church and office building in Oslo, and a large house in the Lier Kommune are few names worth mentioning. Finally, with the help of Mrs Raj Pathak, the Folkets Hus building at Slemmestad was considered. The site is located between Oslo and Drammen and easily accessible from the entire southeastern region of Norway. Considering all the advantages, the committee decided to buy this property and finalized the deal on 29th January 1993. The building was bought and named Sanatan Mandir. Thus the dream of the entire Hindu community was realized at the end.
“Bhumi Puja” ceremony was held after acquiring the building and Sanatan Mandir Sabha started to hold monthly Bhajn-kirtan at Slemmestad. A General Body meeting of Sanatan Mandir Sabha was held and plans to convert/ renovate the building into Sanatan Mandir was approved by the majority of the members.
A construction/building committee was formed to renovate/rebuild the whole building under the leadership of Sh. Mangat Rai Sharma. After through planning, the construction work started in May 1993 and completed in summer 1994. Simultaneously, a constitution committee led by Sh. Surinder Nath Joshi was formed to prepare the constitution for Sanatan Mandir Sabha. After completion, copies of the new constitution were sent to all members for their comments. The new constitution was adopted unanimously at the General body meeting held at Sanatan Mandir in December 1995.
A new Executive committee was elected with Sh. M.R. Sharma as President, Sh. Abnash Gupta as Vice-President, Sh. Randhir K Kohli as Secretary, sh. Kewal Krishan as Deputy Secretary, Sh. Vijay Saggar as Cashier. Sh. Arun Sharma, Sh. Vinod K Sarna, Sh. Ashok K Sharma and Sh. Sunil K Sharma were elected as executive members. Five Governors, Sh. Harinder Sharma, Sh. Subhash Sharma, Sh. Parshotam L Verma, Sh. Subhas Gupta and Sh. Shashi Rawal were elected as board of governors.
The Executive committee decided to send two of its members, Sh. Abnash Gupta and Sh. Randhir Kohli to order the markana marble Murties i.e. Sh. Ram Darbar, Sh. Radha- Krishan and Ma Bhagwati from Jaipur, India. Murties reached Oslo at the end of April 1997 by ship.
Murti Sthapna Committee was formed in Feb 1997 to organize the activities concerning the Murti Sthapna & Pranpartishtha which took place from 11-15 June 1997 according to the Vedic rituals. Whole rituals been lead by Acharya Surinder Dutt Shastri, Head priest of Vaishno Devi Temple, Oakville Canada along with Sh. Hari Ram Jyotishi and Sh. Ram Subhag Pandey from India. Special dignitaries i.e. Bramrishi Vishwa Atma Bawra ji Maharaj, Uma Shri Bharti ji and Sh. Chaman Lal Gupta MP were invited from India to participate and for parvachnas.
It is a matter of great honor for the members of Sanatan Mandir Sabha that the temple was built by their own financial support, without borrowing any money from the Bank. All members of Sanatan Mandir Sabha rendered their services voluntarily and free of cost.
It is worth mentioning that Sanatan Mandir Sabha was established to build a place of worship in Norway for the advancement of the Sanatan Hindu religion, to educate our children and next generation about the principles of the Sanatan Hindu religion & Indian culture and to promote piece & harmony in the Norwegian society. Sanatan Mandir Sabha is operating as an non-profit organization and all proceeds are being used for the benefit of Sanatan Mandir and the fulfillment of the Sanatan Mandir Sabha`s aims and objectives.
Since the establishment of the Sanatan Mandir Slemmestad in 1997, the existing Executive committee is the 8th democratically elected committee of Sanatan Mandir Sabha.

Sanatan Mandir Sabha provide following services to our society, not only in Norway but in whole Scandinavia;
Janamdin Sanskar – Puja/ Havan
Shadi-Vivah Sanskar/ Ceremony and matrimonial service
Grah-Pravesh Puja Havan
child birthday Puja Havan
Mundan Sanskar, Puja havan
Shri Satya Narain Katha-Pujan
Last rites, Dah-Sanskar, Condolence meet and Shrad rituls.
“May Ma Bhagwati bless us All
Executive Committee,
Sanatan Mandir Sabha

Sanatan Mandir Sabha, Slemmestad (Norway) is pleased to inform all Hindu community, not only in Norway but whole of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) that those who may be interested to find his/her life partner or parents interested to find bride or groom for their children can register themselves in our register of match finding. Only Pandit Ji of Sanatan Mandir Sabha and President of Sanatan Mandir Sabha and, of course, those who have registered themselves will have access to this register. Please download matrimonial form in doc and in pdf . All parents and young ones can contact President or Pandit

Members are requested to donate generously for this holy work
Members desirous to make donation could do so either by contacting the committee members, Pandit ji or through bank by using bank account number 5140 05 10257.
We are glad to inform that some members have already donated money for these projects. Please refer to the attached list. This list will be revised and published every mont

Gayatri Maha Mantrah
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑ण्यं ।
भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि। ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥ ।

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
स्वामी* जय जगदीश हरे
भक्त जनों के संकट,
दास जनों के संकट,
क्षण में दूर करे,
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
जो ध्यावे फल पावे,
दुख बिनसे मन का
स्वामी दुख बिनसे मन का
सुख सम्पति घर आवे,
सुख सम्पति घर आवे,
कष्ट मिटे तन का
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
मात पिता तुम मेरे,
शरण गहूं मैं किसकी
स्वामी शरण गहूं मैं किसकी .
तुम बिन और न दूजा,
तुम बिन और न दूजा,
आस करूं मैं जिसकी
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
तुम पूरण परमात्मा,
तुम अंतरयामी
स्वामी तुम अंतरयामी
पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर,
पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर,
तुम सब के स्वामी
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
तुम करुणा के सागर,
तुम पालनकर्ता
स्वामी तुम पालनकर्ता,
मैं मूरख खल कामी
मैं सेवक तुम स्वामी,
कृपा करो भर्ता
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
तुम हो एक अगोचर,
सबके प्राणपति,
स्वामी सबके प्राणपति,
किस विधि मिलूं दयामय,
कैसे आऊ शरण में,
तुमको मैं कुमति
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
दीनबंधु दुखहर्ता,
ठाकुर तुम मेरे,
स्वामी रक्षक तुम मेरे
अपने हाथ उठाओ,
अपने शरण लगाओ
द्वार पड़ा तेरे
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
विषय विकार मिटाओ,
पाप हरो देवा,
स्वामी कष्ट हरो देवा,
श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ,
प्रेम और भक्ति बढ़ाओ,
संतन की सेवा
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
तन, मन, धन सब कुछ है तेरा,
स्वामी सब कुछ है तेरा,
तेरा तुझको अर्पण,
तेरा तुझको समर्पण,
क्या लागे मेरा
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
परमपिताजी की आरती,
जो कोई नर गावे,
स्वामी प्रेम सहित गावे,
कहते दयानंद स्वामी,
कहते दयानंद स्वामी,
मनवांछित फल पावे,
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

Deepawali Celebration In Sanatan Mandir Sabha

Deepawali celebration at Mandir
Program detail.
Date : 9th Nov 2013
17:00 : Shri Lukshmi pujan and Deep-mala by devotee
17:45 Program by invited singer from India
19:30 Arti shri Lukshmi ji ki
20:15 Prasad vitran and priti bhoj

Karwa – Chauth 2013
Dear Devotees,
Karak – chaturthi ( Karwa – Chauth 2013 ) is on Tuesday 22nd October 2013. On that day ie.22.10.2013 the Karwa- Chauth Puja will start in Mandir at 1600 hrs. Kindly make it convenient

cordially invites you on the occasion of Annual Bhagwati Jagran on Saturday, 26th Oct 2013

Program Detail
21:00 Commencement of Jagran
05:00 Arti & Bhoj (Sunday 27ty Oct 2013)

Pad Yatra On Murtisthapna Divas
प्रिय भक्तजनों,
मूर्ति स्थापना के शुभ अवसर पर पद यात्रा का आयोजन किया जा रहा हे . पद यात्रा IKEA Billingstad से सनातन मंदिर् स्लेम्मेस्ताद तक की दुरी
(17 किलोमीटर ) भक्तजन अपनी सुविधा अनुसार तय करेंगे .पद यात्रा शनिवार 29 जून दोपहर 13 बजे प्रारम्भ की जाएगी,( राज्य मार्ग 165 )
रास्ते मे जलपान का प्रभंद भी होगा .
अधिक जानकारी के लिए श्री अरुण शर्मा जी ( 9 3 6 7 6 3 6 3 ) श्री विजय कुमार संगर ( 4 1 6 3 0 1 7 6 ) पर सम्पर्क करें
कृपया ध्यान दें ; सभी भक्त जन Ikea Billingstad अवम सनातन मंदिर स्लेम्मेस्ताद से वाहन की स्वयम व्यवस्था करें .
सनातन मंदिर सभा
Sanatan Mandir Sabha requests the pleasure of the presenece and participation of intrested Bhaktjan for the Marathon being organized from Ikea Billingstad ie, to the Temple Ny veien 6 Slemmestad on the auspicous occasion of 17th Annual Celebration of the Murti Sthapna in our Mandir. On the way there will be arrangments of refreshments. The Total distance is about 17km.
For further information plz contact Shri Arun Sharma Ji ( 93676363 ) or Sh. Vijay Kumar Sangar ( 41630176 )

Starting Place; IKEA Shopping Senter Billingstad
Starting Time ; Saturday 29.06.2013 at 13.00 hrs.
Route ; Road Nr. 165, ( Foot Path )
Transport; Kindly make own arrangements
Sanatan Mandir Sabha

Board of Governors

Contact No.
Sh. Kishori Lal Sharma
Sh. Surinder Nath Joshi
Sh. Vijay K.Sharma
Dr. Rajinder Prasad Shukla
Sh. Tilak Raj Chawla

Pandit/Priest of Sanatan Mandir Sabha

Pandit/Priest Name
Contact Detail
Sh. K.R.Mishra

Brannvern Leder of Sanatan Mandir Sabha

Brannvern Leder Navn
Contact No
Sh. Hasmukh Mistry

Committee members

Mr.Vijay K. Sangar
Tlf: 41630176 /32795221
Mr. Surinder Agnihotri
Vice President
E.mail: surinder@agnihotri.no
Tlf: 47400190 / 22750436
Mr. Harvinder Prashar
Tlf: 91702205 /64961989
Mr. Romesh Dhirad
E-mail: rkdhirad@gmail.com
Tlf: 22276248
Sh. Ashok Kumar
Kitchen & Supplies Coordinator
Tlf: 47655370
Mrs. Madhu Sharma
Events coordinator
E-mail: ankums@online.no
Tlf: 98213346
Mrs. Rashmi Chattree
Children Religious/Spiritual Growth Coordinator
E-mail: rashmichattre@gmail.com
Tlf: 22750489
Mr. Ashok Kumar Dutta
Executive Member
E-mail: a.k.dutta@hotmail.com
Tlf: 97959984 /32884144
Mr. Robin Sangar
IT,PR & Communication Coordinator
E-mail: robin.sangar@gmail.com
Tlf: 99043919
Mr. Gurudutt Verma
Web site Coordinator
Email :egurudutt@gmail.com
Tlf : 92050748


Dec 2013


Contact US

Address: Nyveien 6, 3470 Slemmestad
Telephone: 31280313
E-mail: smandirs@gmail.com
Bank account number : 5140.05.10257


Direct buss from Oslo to Slemmestad

Bus : 252 (towards Slemmestad Midtbygda)
From: Oslo S/Oslo Bussterminal
To: Slemmestad
Total journey time: 58 minutes

Buss : 251 (towards Slemmestad Peterstua)
From: Oslo S/Oslo Bussterminal
To: Slemmestad
Total journey time: 58 minutes

Drive from Oslo S to Slemmestad

Driving from Oslo to Nyveien 6, 3470 Slemmestad
Distance : 29.7 km 
Total journey time : 37 mins


Om Tat Sat

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


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