Welcome to the official website of the Niagara Hindu Samaj and the Shiv Mandir, Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Niagara Hindu Samaj is the premier organization representing Hindus and Jains in the Niagara Region. Our website provides information on upcoming events and on-going programs organized by the Samaj at the Shiv Mandir and elsewhere.
Sunday October 30, 2016 at 3:30 PM
At the Shiv Mandir, 5824 Second Avenue, Niagara Falls
Deepawali is a time to rejoice, a time to thank, and a time to celebrate!
Shri Lakshmi Puja will take place at 3:30 PM at the Shiv Mandir on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Puja will be conducted by Acharya Maheshwari Prasad Shuklaji. Acharyaji has the following advice for those wishing to participate in the puja: Please bring your own Puja thalis containing the following items (if they don’t fit on the thali, please bring them in another container):
- Bowl - 1
- Panchamrit (a mixture of ghee, milk, plain yogurt, sugar and honey)
- Rice, about 20 grams
- Misri (rock sugar), about 20 grams
- Laung (cloves) 10 grams
- Elaichi (cardamom) 10 grams
- Paan (betel) leaves - 2
- Supari (arecanut or betelnut) - 1
-Dhoop (incense stick)
- Deep (lamp) - 1
- Kumkum (saffron powder prepared in a paste form)
- 5 types of fruit (e.g., an apple, an orange, a banana etc)
- flowers (a bunch of carnations would be excellent)
- mauli (sacred red-coloured puja thread)
- coins to offer to Lakshmiji during the puja
- a small glass
- a spoon
- paper towel
Devotees: Please arrive at the Shiv Mandir in time for the Puja with all the above offerings in your puja thali ready to go! Please note that the spiritual vibrations created during a puja are hindered when people interrupt the puja due to a late entrance. Also, a donation to the Niagara Hindu Samaj at the end of the puja would be highly appreciated, as will a dakshina (offering) to Acharya Ji for conducting the puja.
After Lakshmi Puja, Diwali will be celebrated as Acharya Shuklaji leads the Sunday satsang through a session of melodious and spiritually uplifting devotional music followed by aarti and preetibhoj.
We are also celebrating Annakoot on October 30. Please participate by bringing in a plate (approximate size 7 to 9 inches) containing sweets to contribute to the Annakoot display.
Niagara Hindu Samaj wishes you and your loved ones a happy Diwali and a blissful and blessed year ahead!
Niagara Hindu Samaj presents Shubhasya Sheeghram, its 2nd annual Bharatanatyam recital presented by the students of the Bharatanatyam classes at the Shiv Mandir. The recital will be held at the Shiv Mandir on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 1 PM, and is choreographed and directed by Guru Shubatha Devamanoharan.
Tickets are $5 per person (or $10 for a family of four). For tickets call 905-688-2151 or 905-680-1631. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Bharatanatyam classes at the Shiv Mandir. Snacks will be served. All are welcome!
Sai Baba satsangs take place on the second Saturday of each month. In November 2016, our Sai Baba satsang will take place at the Shiv Mandir from 10 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, November 12. Everyone is welcome.
Sai Baba satsangs for the rest of the year in 2016 are going to be held on the following dates:
In 2017, Sai Baba satsangs will take place as follows:
Regular devotional services:
Daily Puja & Aarti: 9:00 AM and 7 PM
Mondays: Shiv Vandana 6 PM -7 PM
Tuesdays: Hanuman Vandana 6 PM -7 PM
Fridays: Kartikeya Vandana 7 PM -8 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.
Location: 5284 Second Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 4K2, Canada.
Priest: This position is vacant at the moment. Please see top of page.
Gurukul, the Samaj’s popular Sunday scripture classes for children and youth, is now accepting application for the Winter term, 2017, beginning Sunday, January 15, 2017. Gurukul classes will run every Sunday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, and will be team-taught by Dr. Anamitra Shome and Mr. Ashish Bhandari.
Take this opportunity to give your child the gift of knowledge of our ancient traditions and Sanatan Dharma. Instill your child with the confidence that comes from true learning! Gurukul classes are free, but the Niagara Hindu Samaj reserves the right to levy user fees as the need arises.
To enrol your child, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful that several members of the Samaj community supported us with post-dated cheques in 2015. Please keep up the support in 2016. If you did not participate in 2015, please do so now! Your donations help us to provide numerous badly needed services to the community.
All your contributions are welcome- every little bit counts! If everyone in the Samaj community made regular monthly contributions, our debt load would have been a thing of the past! So please step up and furnish us with your monthly post-dated cheques for any amount that you feel you can contribute on a recurring basis. The Samaj and the Shiv Mandir need your help- please open up your hearts and purse-strings!
To indicate that you would like to make monthly donations, click here.
Would you like to sponsor an event at the Shiv Mandir? The Niagara Hindu Samaj enthusiastically welcomes your sponsorship. Sponsors provide a wonderful service to the community through their devotion.
To sponsor an event, please call Mr. Kamal Jain at 905-735-1320 during business hours and provide him with the details of the event you wish to sponsor. Sponsorship dates are subject to availability. The Niagara Hindu Samaj reserves the right to accept or decline sponsorships.
Two or more families can team up together to sponsor an event. Please note that sponsorship is $150 per event per family. Further donations are always welcome. Sponsors have the responsibility of providing preetibhoj for devotees as well as cleaning up the premises and removing garbage at the end of the event. Not abiding by this requirement may result in additional charges for cleanups.
Give free reign to your spirit of seva! Sponsor an event today!
The Niagara Hindu Samaj (NHS) invites applications from interested individuals for the position of Resident Priest for the Shiv Mandir located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
The mission of the NHS is to promote the way of life enjoined by the Sanatana Dharma. The Shiv Mandir temple provides religious, spiritual, educational, and cultural services to the Hindu and Jain communities in the Niagara Region. Both Hindu and Jain deities (murties) have been consecrated and established at the Shiv Mandir. The priest's worship services at the Shiv Mandir encompass both Hindu and Jain puja. The term "Sanatana Dharma" as used here includes both Hindu and Jain beliefs and practices.
The individual we are looking for is a positive and dynamic team player with a "yes, I can" attitude who makes people feel welcome and valued, has good public speaking skills, is equally comfortable in both English and Hindi, has the ability to relate well to youth and teach them Sanatana Dharma concepts in English and Hindi, is friendly, ethical, open, polite, respectful and humble, has good knowledge of mantras and karmakand, excellent Sanskrit pronunciation, and the ability to sing well. If you fit this profile, we encourage you to apply.