The aims and objectives of Hari Om Mandir are to propagate Hindu religious and spiritual ideals, to promote social, educational charitable and cultural awareness, to hold Kirtan and Satsang, to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays of Hindu Avtars, Saints and patriots, to provide facilities for research on Hindu religious topics, to provide facilities for religious and social library, to provide financial assistance for medical treatment, education and for other purposes to needy persons, etc.
Weekly congregation is held in Mandir on every Sunday on a regular basis from 09.00 a.m. to about 12.30 noon in which devotees coming from all corners of the city participate with devotion. Asa-Di-War,Shabad-Kirtan, Pravachan by Sants, Anand Saheb, Arti, Ardas and Vachan Saheb are some of the special features/Nitnem of this programme.
Satya Narain Katha and Chand (Moon) are also observed on the concerned days. All important religious festivals like Ram Navami, Cheti Chand (the birthday of Lord Jhule Lal), Sri Krishna Janama Ashtmi, Ganesh Jayanti, Hanuman Jayanti (Bara Mangal), Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti and Guru Gobind Singh Saheb’s birthday. Apart from these festivals, other festivals such as Mahashiv Ratri, Mata Jagran and Shrandhanjali Divas are also celebrated with grand enthusiasm and devotion. Shradhanjali Diwas is observed on the last Sunday of April every year to pay homage to those devotees who had spent their lives in the service of Mandir and are now no more with us.
Kartik Mahotsav (Tulsi Vrat) and Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti are celebrated from Ashtami to Kartik Purnima for seven/eight days on large scale and in grand manner. Langar is arranged on all these days after Satsang. During this festival various programmes are held including competition programme for children of different age groups on religious topics like Ramayan, Geeta, Japuji Saheb, Sukhmani, Bhajan, discourses on religious topics etc. and prizes are distributed. All the religious programmes are organized in a befitting manner. On the last three days Akhand Path of Guru Granth Saheb is held. On the day of Guru Nanakdevji Jayanti Langar (community kitchen) is arranged on large scale. Thousands of devotees participate in these festivals and offer their services for the cause of Mandir.
Mandir offers facility to other organizations / missions for holding their Satsang, Pravachan and other programmes for the benefit of the devotees, e.g. Geeta Gyan Yagya by Vedant Mission – Lucknow; Satya Sai Seva Organisation - Lucknow who hold their various functions. Ceremonies like Pugree, Chautha, Shanti Path and Uthala are also performed in Mandir. Mandir extends all facilities, without any charge. This has been widely welcomed and appreciated by all the sections of society. Also there is arrangement for keeping ashes in Mandir premises.
Mandir is also the centre of social activities. Blood donation camps, Holi Milan Samaroh, get-together programmes and various other social activities by other organizations, are also organized from time to time. Quite a many Sindhi organizations of Lucknow arrange their social functions in Mandir at which the community gets an opportunity of inter-action and get together. Mandir also participates actively in the Sindh Cultural Programme which is organized jointly by U.P. Sindhi Sabha and Sindhi Council of India (U.P. Chapter) on 26th January every year. Most of the Sindhi dishes are prepared and served hot to the public on subsidized rates. Mandir also participates actively in the Shobha Yatra taken out every year on the occasion of Jhule Lal Jayanti, under the aegis of Chetichand Mela Committee, Lucknow.
Blood donation camps, Holi Milan Samaroh, get-together programmes and various other social activities by other organizations, institutions and N.G.Os are also organized from time to time.
The Management of Hari Om Mandir is infused with vigour, dynamism, dedication and foresight. It is now looking to the future with great confidence and sense of mission. Mandir is indebted to the society at large and also to its office bearers & members for their ungrudging support and cooperation in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities. It is the collective effort of all that we have achieved all this so far.
Mandir strongly believes that real worship (Puja) is the service of the people. Religion is nothing but the purification of the soul. If it is devoid of a spirit to serve the needy, it becomes socially irrelevant. Keeping this agenda as sits goal, Mandir extends financial assistance to the needy and poor within its limited resources. The areas covered at present under the head “charity” are educational aid to the wards of poor and needy, medical aid to the sick, financial and other assistance on the occasion of poor girls’ marriages, financial assistance to meet the funeral expenses in case of death in a poor family etc. Mandir distributes ration (Atta, Dal, Rice, Sugar, Refined Oil among other food items) to the needy and poor widows every month. Mandir also distributes woolen clothes in winter season and some other items of clothing during summer season from its own funds as also received in donations from the devotees of Mandir. The management has tried to extend the areas under this head from time to time so as to cover as many beneficiaries as possible within its available resources.
The most significant achievement for Mandir during the year 2004 (Its Golden Jubilee Year) has been the help extended to one hundred one economically weak families of Lucknow who had no houses of their own. 101 houses have been allotted to such families at “Hari Om Mandir Avasiya Colony” Para, Narpatkhera, Luknow under the Government of India scheme developed by the District Rural Development Authority (DUDA), Lucknow. Mandir had approached the authorities to allot these houses to poor devotees of Mandir who come under the eligible criteria. The cost of each house was Rs.45,000/-. Government’s subsidy had been 50% and the balance amount of Rs.22,500/- had to be paid by each beneficiary to DUDA. (As the houses were in semi-finished condition, they needed very basic minimum facilities which were provided by Hari Om Mandir from its own funds. Mandir contributed over Rs.10,000/- towards each house so that the beneficiaries’ living could be somewhat comfortable.
The Management of Hari Om Mandir is infused with vigour, dynamism, dedication and foresight. It is now looking to the future with great confidence and sense of mission. Mandir is indebted to the society at large and also to its office bearers & members for their ungrudging support and cooperation in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities. It is the collective effort of all that we have achieved this so far. Journey still continues and will continue.