About Shiv Mandir : Introduction
Shiv Mandir of Atlanta is open to all, though it caters mainly to the devotees belonging to Atlanta and its suburbs. We have ambitious plans to move the temple from its present location to a temple building of its own. Shiv Mandir has acquitred 11.4 acres of Land on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard between McGinnis Ferry and Hwy 20. Other related activities geared towards building grand Shiv Mandir are under way.
Shiv Mandir is located inside Global Mall on 2nd floor. Global mall is situated right off of Interstate 85 on Jimmy Carter Boulevard (click here to get directions)
. The mandir currently organizes regular set of activities like puja, arti on a daily basis, apart from organizing havans, paaths and other such programs on festivals and other such special occasions.
Message from Temple
Last year was one of the most important years in Shiv Mandir's history. With the blessing of Lord Shiva and devotion of our devotees we successfully performed Bhoomi Pujan ceremony and paid off loan on 11.4 acres of land.
Shiv Mandir's Bhoomi Pujan celebration started at 4.00 A.M, at the present mandir location in Global Mall, when group of devotees carried "Main Kalash" on a 17 miles journey traversing through the city of Norcross, Duluth and Suwanee to its final destination at the new mandir site at SugarHill. On the way more devotees join this pilgrimage and over 300 devotees participated for the final 1.5 miles of Rath Yatra (Shobha Yatra). The atmosphere was filled with OM NAMAY SHIVAYA chanting on beautiful Dhol beat.
Swami Dr Ram Kamal Das ji Vedanti received the Kalash at the land and performed Dhwaja Rohan. A team of seven priests were led by Shiv Mandir's priests performed various Pujas that reminded devotees of the great Hindu traditions.
More than 1,500 people participated in the bhoomi Pujan event. Several community leaders and the City of SugarHill mayor, council member and land planning director attended the ceremony.
As we look ahead, we have a very auspicious and herculean task of constructing a permanent abode of Lord Shiva and other deities. Please let us all come together and once again put our heads and hearts to work to accomplish this great cause. We, as a community, have always been generous and have always risen to any challenge and this permit only proves the depth of commitment of our great community.
Dear community, the day when we will have our own Shiv Mandir does not seem too far. We have come a long way. The first step is here and the remainder will be coming by soon. Shiv Mandir is planning to perform the Shila Nayas Pujan to start the construction of temple soon and we are looking forward to your participation with full zeal.
May Lord Shiva bless us all and give us the will power and strength to achieve the task of building our Shiv Mandir successfully.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA!
Alok Gupta Rajkishor Pathak
Chairman, Shiv Mandir Board President, Shiv Mandir Executive Committee