Maharashtra Odia Welfare Association (MOWA) was initially registered as Welfare Association, merely with 17 members in May 1998, Reg No – MAHA/290/98[Thane]. The organization has also been registered as a “TRUST” [Reg. No. F-7116 [Thane], with the sole aim to help and uplift the poor, downtrodden and destitute, and spread brotherhood, in around Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Thane and Raigad. MOWA has in its Agenda, other welfare and charitable activities that is organizing get together on occasions such as Ganesh Puja, Saraswati Puja, Holi, Diwali, Makar Sankranti, Independence Day, Republic Day etc. Besides MOWA has been engaged in organizing Free Medical Camps in rural as well as in urban area, conducting camps to educate people about brotherhood, organizing YOGA camps, helping patients for medical aid, distribution of free books, stationary, school bags to poor andd needy children in the area.
Maharashtra Oriya Welfare Association (MOWA) , grew at a faster pace from the year 2006, when the total members grew to about 100. With the induction of new members like Shri Bhagaban Panda, Dr. Ketan K. Gokhale in the year 2006, Mr. Gopal Panigrahi , Mr P.M. Mahapatra in 2009 and Mr Bijay Kumar Sahoo , Mr Sairam Patro & Mr. Vivekanand Roy in 2010 the organization swelled in many fold. In due course of time, the members of MOWA have taken a small but significant step and resolved to establish a “Temple of Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra & Maa Subhadra”, in Kharghar township of Navi Mumbai, which was a long cherished dream of Odians. Today MOWA has more than 300 Life members.
In 2010 The Govt of Maharashtra has kindly alotted a plot of 500 sqr mtr to MOWA ( Plot No being 29A, Sector – 5, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai). Bhumi Puja was ceremonised on the auspicious day of “Akhay Tritiya” on 16th May, 2010. By december 2010,a small temple was built on the Govt.allotted land and Prana Pratistha of Deities was done on 23rd January 2011 by the badapanda and other pandits deputed by Gajapati Maharaja of Puri. The place is now known as “Nilachal Peetha” in Navimumbai.
The temple is open to all irespective of any caste & creed.