My Mandir.. Our Mandir
Sanatan Mandir Cultural Society is a charitable organization, serving the community of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada. In order to pursue our lifelong ambition, our community has come together to build a cultural center with Mandir or temple farthest away from our motherland. With hard work and dedication, our organization is on its way to successfully close off the land deal with RMWB in Abram land parcel.
Why we need Mandir
- SMCS Mandir will be one more reason for the people to live in this land of opportunity called Fort McMurray.
- Future SMCS location is not to be only place for worship but it will conduct all social, religious, educational, traditional and cultural activities for the community in general. There will be no restriction for participations regardless of contribution to build it.
- SMCS Mandir will preserve and promote art, culture and heritage of our great ancestors
- SMCS Mandir & Cultural center will provide platform to the young generation and walk with them during their journey of being a well-respected, well educated, healthy and wealthy citizen of this great nation Canada.
- SMCS is working and will continue to do more and more for empowering our daughters, sisters and mothers so they can be strong mentally, physically and emotionally
- It is not just necessity but demand of this crucial time for maintaining pride, preserving art and promoting colorful culture and blend them in Canadian environment for generations to come
- Establish and maintain a permanent community cultural center to foster, preserve, and enrich all ethnic Indian aspects, but not limited to religious, cultural, educational, social and recreational needs of the Indian community.
- Provide platform to the young generation and walk with them during their journey of being a well-respected, well educated, healthy and wealthy citizen of this great nation Canada.
- Empower women, kids and elders so they can bring peace and prosperity to the society
- Celebrate prominent Indian festivals and promote multiculturalism
- Establish a place of worship for the people following Hinduism as well as other religions of Indian origins
- Interact with other religious and multi-faith organizations to understand each other and have harmonious living.
- Conduct classes that enhances the spiritual teachings, yoga, dance, music, art and languages
- Undertake spiritual, charitable, humanitarian and other welfare activities for the Society at large, newcomers to Canada and other community.
- Partner with local community organizations and organize/run cultural events which will help bringing different communities together and enrich the community living.
Our Belief Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma)
Unlike other religions in the World, the Hindu religion does not claim any one Prophet, it does not worship any one God, it does not believe in any one philosophic concept, it does not follow any one act of religious rites or performances; in fact, it does not satisfy the traditional features of a religion or creed. “It is a way of life and nothing more”.
To its adherents, Hinduism is a traditional way of life. Many practitioners refer to Hinduism as Sanātana Dharma, “the eternal law” or the “eternal way”. It refers to the “eternal” duties all Hindus have to follow, regardless of class, caste, or sect, such as honesty, refraining from injuring living beings, purity, goodwill, mercy, patience, forbearance, self-restraint, generosity, and asceticism. This is contrasted with svadharma, one’s “own duty”.
Hinduism conceives the whole world as a single family that deifies the one truth, and therefore it accepts all forms of beliefs and dismisses labels of distinct religions which would imply a division of identity. Hence, Hinduism is devoid of the concepts of apostasy, heresy and blasphemy.
- Our mandir will be located at Abram’s land, which showcases Fort McMurray’s religious diversity.
- The Abram’s land subdivision in Timberlea is set to house a mosque, three churches and a Sanatan Mandir.
- Our parcel is 2.1 acres or approx. 8,500 Sq. meters of land.
- There will be approx. 14000 sq feet Functional Mandir to be built.
- The SMCS Engineering and Design Team is working actively on conceptual plan.
- There is an opportunity to close land deal as early as Q4 2014.
- Tentitive construction will begin in Q2 2015
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