Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha (Regd.), Geeta Bhavan, Hari Mandir
commonly known as “Hari Mandir (हरि मंदिर)”, is a Hindu temple (mandir) dedicated to Lord Ram and Krishna. It is located in Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Mumbai, India. Established in 1950 and rebuilt in 1980, it is one of the oldest and most famous temples in the locality from Sion-Matunga.
In the year 1947 after the Partition of India, saving lives from the worst mascare of 20th century millions of refugees came to India, among them around 1000 humanity moved to Mumbai (that time Bombay) they were footed, hungry, Youngs, Olds, Women all were in search for a place to live. They found a camp in the military barracks of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar. After Settling down a Little the first need was a Religious Place to Worship with community. In late ’47 People gathered, brought Pictures of Godhead from own house and started Prayer. Mats-Carpets were in the name of wall and tin-sheet for roof and Established a Raw Temple(Mandir). On 13th April 1950 a proper structural temple created and was named as “Hari Mandir”. In Year 1953 mandir received Land from Government of India and Established a Proper Temple also Registered a Trust named as “Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha (Regd.) Mumbai” In Year 1980 Trust Installed New Moorti(Idols) of Lord Shree Ram, Mata Sita, Laxmiji, Hanumanji, Shree Radhe-Krishna, Matarani, Mahadev Shivji and Mata Parvati which is present till date.
The Present Structure of Hari Mandir was a rebuild of year 2000, The Temple has Three Spires on top of three main Shrine adjacent to each other. On the left side Shrine there are idols of Shiva-Parvati, center shrine has idols of Ram-Krishna Darbar (i.e. Rama-Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman with Radhe-Krishna) while shrine of right has idols of Maa Durga and Santoshi Mata. Temple also has separate idols of deity Ganpati & Hanumanji on Left & Right side respectively with Mata Yamuna, Mata Ganga, Saraswati Mata, Bharat Mata and Gayatri Mata surrounded. The three main shrines is also surrounded by the Carving Structure of Story of Lord Shree Ram (Ramayan). Temple has a separate shrine dedicated to Lord Shiv in form of Shivling, where devotees were given facility to do Jal-Abhisehk (Water Based Pooja). There is a Air-conditioned Hall on the first floor for the purpose of religious & social discourses. The whole Temple is secured by CCTV cameras which were installed in year 2009.
Although, Every Hindu Festival is celebrated, but the main festivals are Shree Ram Navmi, Hanuman Jayanti, Shree Krishna Janmashtami, Navratri and Vijay Dashmi. Every Year 7 days Shrimad Bhagwat Katha is organized before Shree Krishna Janmashtami which is very popular in Locality. Also a Huge Crowd of devotees can been seen at the time of Shree Ram Navmi where bhandara(Community Fest) is organized. Nine Day Navratri is celebrated in a grand way where every evening their is a Mata Ki Chowki being performed by different artists. On Vijay Dashmi a huge mannequin of ravan is burnt to show the Victory of Dharm (Good) over adharm (Evil).
Divya Jyoti from Mata Vaisnodevi Temple
Many of the devotees of Hari Mandir are regular pilgrim of Mata Vaishno Devi (Jammu) so for their convenience Trust made a unique idea which is one of it kind in the whole city. On 13th September 2006 trust brought a Flaming (Akhand) Jyoti from Divine Enclave of Mata Vaishnodevi (Jammu) and Established at Hari Mandir which is Flaming intact till date.
Every Year Temple Trust organized Mathura-Vrindavan Tour for devotees at the time of Holi Festvial, also organizes free tour to Mata Vaishnodevi (Jammu) for Poor’s, Trust Often organize Free Camp for Eye Checking, Diabetes Blood Sugar, Yoga Training etc. Trust also has Ambulance service which is provided free of cost.