History

Shri Jagannath Mandir and Orissa Arts & Cultural Centre was formed in Delhi in 1968 and got registered under Societies of Registration Act, in the same year. It was the result of some Jagannath devotee – Odias who were toiling hard earlier to establish a platform by way of forming an association to organize non-resident Odias in Delhi at that time for the purpose of building a temple for Lord Jagannath. This is the oldest form of association formed by the Odias in Delhi which took the initiative of building a temple.

The foundation stone of the temple was laid on 15th January 1968 and the construction work started on 5th February 1968. Initially with the limited resources of the society, a small temple was built and regular worshiping of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Maa Subhadra started with installation of small size idols of three Deities, inside the small temple.

In 1982 with kind approval of late Shri Braja Mohan Mohanty, the then Union Minister of State  for Works, Housing & Land, and as a result of sincere and dedicated efforts of Society’s President Sh. A.C.Das, Ex-MP (Lok Sabha), Vice- President late Shri Sukhadev Das, Secretary late Shri Sukhdev Biswal and Treasurer Shri G.C.Biswal, some land was allocated at the very site of the temple at Thyagraj Nagar, New Delhi -110003. For the purpose of augmenting revenues of the society for building a full-fledged temple, and also for providing temporary accommodation to the visitors from Odisha, and else where, a dharmasala with 18 rooms was built adjacent to the temple in the year 1986.

Hon’ble former Chief Justice of Supreme Court, late Justice R.N.Mishra laid the foundation stone of the new and present structure of the temple on 23rd January 1991. Following the completion of construction work, His Excellency Shri Dibya Singh Deo, Gajapati Maharaja of Puri, inaugurated the temple, being karta on the Pratistha Ceremony on 28th January 1999. Large size idols of the three Deities which were brought from Puri were installed with performing of Maha yagyan by vedantic Brahmins for six days and Jeevan-nyas by His Holiness Rajguru of Puri.

Since then, there is no look back, as Lord Jagannath Himself has been leading for development of the Mandir.The other prominent members who contributed for the growth of this Society are, Shri Gangadhar Biswal, Shri P K Bhuinan, Shri Trilochan Nayak, Shri Jagabandhu Das, Shri.F.C.Rout, Shri  G.N.Behura, Shri B.C.Nayak, Shri  Narayan, Shri  H.C.Patro, Shri.Dusan  Samal, Shri.C.M.Panigrahi, Shri B.N.Adhikari, Shri K.B.Mohanti, Shri  N.C. Upadhaya, Shri.S.C.Patnaik

Besides, arranging the daily rituals of the Deities in accordance with the rituals followed in Puri Shri Mandir, to the extent possible, this Mandir is providing platform to all, including the non-resident Odias staying in Delhi/NCR Delhi for social get-together not only on prominent religious festivals like Rath Yatra, Kartik Poornima, but also on social and family functions like marriage, birthday party etc.
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