The place was named as NILACHALA PEETHA and a small temple was constructed and Pran Pratistha of Deities was done in the year 2011 by eminent Pandits from Puri. The Deities were donated by Dr [Mrs] Namita Mishra and Shri Ramachandra Mishra from Bhubaneswar.
Thereafter, Daily rituals of Lord Jagannatha commenced immediately including Ratha Yatra of Lord during the month of ASHAD. The first Ratha Yatra was celebrated during the year 2011.
As days passed by, thousands of devotees visited the temple, not only from local area but also from far distant places of Greater Mumbai to get the blessings of the Lord. With the search of funds to renovate the Mandir a large number of Devotees joined the organisation as LIFE MEMBERS and offered donations for Construction of main Mandir. A detailed plan was prepared by M/S DIMENSIONS , Vashi for construction of Main Temple and was duly approved by CIDCO. The construction work as per plan, commenced in the month of January, 2014. The Pile Foundation work was engineered by Shri A G Gokhale, a Consultant in this field and offered honorary services. Shri Jaya Sahu of M/S MAA ENTERPRISES, Civil Contractors, commenced Civil work of Ground and First Floor on 27.02.2014 and completed the entire RRC work by December, 2014. All other work commenced by January 2018 after obtaining Occupation Certificate from CIDCO.
A team consisting of 15 artists belonging to village MATHURA , Dist: Ganjam led by SHRI RAMACHANDRA MAHARANA AND SHRI BALAKRISHNA MAHARANA did the rest of the work. For the first time ,on 23 rd January 2011 in Navi Mumbai,Lord Jagannatha Mandir was set up & was solemnized by the Pandits from Puri & was inaugurated (in its miniature size) in the hands of Er. Baladeb Singhari(Bada panda of Maa Subhadra), the then Dy. Administrator of Sri Mandir-Puri, Dr. Bhaskar Mishra under the instructions of Gajapati Maharaja. The Mandir was revamped into a bigger size in the year 2017/18. We are very fortunate that our Parampuja Gajapati Maharaja Sri Dibyasingha Deb & Maharani Saheba of Puri had come down to Navi Mumbai to inaugurate the Mandir. Finally the mandir was inaugurated on 8 th July 2018 (Hera-panchami) by Gajapati Maharaja and Maharani Saheba in the presence of Swami Madhavanand ji of Chinmay Mission (Ranchi), Swamini Swaprabhananda ji and Shri Dinabandhu Mohapatra ( Managing Director - Bank of India). Gajapati Maharaja & all dignatories addressed the gathering. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan (Hon. Petroleum Minister of India) , Shri K V Singh Deo (MLA & Maharaja of Bolangir district, Odisha) , Shri Prashant Thakur (our local MLA) & Mrs. Kavita Chaumal (Mayor of Panvel Municipal Corporation) presided over the inaugural function.
It is note worthy to keep on record the relentless efforts of MOWA parivar in association with many well wishers, because of which this could be not be possible. All dignatories spoke high about the Odisha culture.
For the record purpose- This is the only Jagannatha Mandir in Navi Mumbai.
This year in February 2019, under the aeigies of Lord Jagannatha Mandir, MOWA
along with few other associations and many eminent personalities, could stage “Ama
Utkarsha Odisha” [sort of Show-Casing Odisha Culture) for the first time in Navi Mumbai.
Her excellency madam Draupadi Murmu, The Hon. Governor of Jharkhand state, inaugurated
the event. During her stay in Mumbai, she visited Lord Jagannatha Mandir in Kharghar.
Madam Governor, in her speech, appreciated and applauded the efforts of MOWA & all
odiyas living in Navi Mumbai for setting up the mandir & also for staging “ Ama Utkarsha
Odisha” in Navi Mumbai.
Subsequently, towards the end of February 2019, under the guidance of vedic pandit
from Shree Lingaraj Mandir-Bhubaneswar & also from Puri Shree Mandir & Dr. Bhaskar
Mishra (Former Deputy Administrator of Shree Mandir Puri) & Pdt. Suryanarayan Das
Sharma of Puri, “ Lord Shiva Mandir” was also set up by MOWA within its premises , which
was solemnized in the hands of Vedic Pandits on 3th/4th March 2019. The said Mandir is
now known as “ Shree Lokanatha Mandir”
Still there is long way to go.
MOWA has plans for setting up a look alike Anand Bazar and few rooms for poor patients and rendering free services to them.
Visiting near-by remote villages to conduct eye check-up & other medical camps and try to help them with medicines is another aim of MOWA.
Day by day many festivals are being held in the mandir and thousands of devotees from far away places come to the mandir to offer their prayers . ABOUT LORD SHREE JAGANNATH LORD SHREE JAGANNATHA, is the GOD of Universe , worshipped since time immemorial. HE is every where. His Idol is round representing ZERO, symbolic of nothingness as well as fullness and implies the completion of a process. HE is the sovereign God and incarnate of one amongst different forms of LORD VISHNU. The Holy Trinity, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra [ His elder Brother] and MAA Subhadra [ His Sister] represent three races; Black, White and Yellow. These three races represent three qualities, SATWIK, TAMASIK AND RAJASIK. There is no discrimination of devotees on caste, creed or religion basis. He allowed a tribal king to worship Him for His initial installation. He had given His piece of mind on this by directly accepting the coconut from Bauri [an outcaste]. He is Deena Bandhu. He is all weather friend of the downtrodden. He taught his poor friend Sudama how to improve one’s lot by dint of individual purity, perseverance, honesty and devotion to one’s own conscience. For Him, the mankind could only be classified into two, the performers and the non-performer. While performers get rewarded, Non-performers wait till they are spiritually educated. Tolerance and mutual help are shown to be the fundamental virtues in any situation. Who has displayed it more explicitly than the Lord when He helps a Muslim writing an epic on Hindu religion or even helping the king of Puri marrying the daughter of the King of Kanchi, who measured the personality of the king of Puri through his taste of sweeping the gr
Lord Jagannatha & Lord Lokanatha are the only saviors . Let us all fall at the lotus feet of the almighty,seek their blessings & sail through.
We must keep on record the relentless efforts, put by the members of MOWA & many others including other few organizations, for achieving this milestone. We sincerely thank one and all and pray Lord Jagannatha & Lord Lokanatha to bless the entire mankind & give everybody peace in their life.
Our thanks to Govt. of Maharashtra, CIDCO, Govt. of Odisha, Navi Mumbai Police, Panvel Municipal Corporation and also the media for their immense help & support.