Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester is one of the largest and most prestigious Mandir in the UK. In 1970 the present building of Shree Sanatan Mandir was purchased and thus the first Hindu Mandr in Leicester was established.
Hindus had settled in Leicester since 1950’s. The next two decades saw a large community building up in Leicester. At first there were only Bhajan Mandals. This was where Hindus met at people homes on auspicious days to pray, sing hyms and celebrate festivals together. As the community grew larger, it was apparent that there was a need for a permanent Mandir for Hindu worship.
In 1969, a prominent preacher, Pujya Ram Bhakta arrived in Leicester from India and together with the devotees of Shree Radhey-Shayam Bhajan Mandal was inspired to initiate a project to establish our own Hindu place of worship. Shree rambhakta became a founder Patron member of Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester. A group of dedicated volunteers from the Hindu Community formed a committee to start work on this project.
In 1974 the Shree Radha Krishna Murtis were installed. This took place with the installation of Shree Ganeshji and Lord Hanumanji Murtis. In 1977 Shivji, Ambamata and Veda Bhagvan (the Rig Veda) shrines were installed. In 1984, the shrines of Shree Ram, Laxman, Sitaji and Hanumanji were installed with Shree Jalarambapa arriving in 1985.
These years have seen a complete Mandir established for full worship by the Hindu community of Leicester and Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester has become the center for worship recognised by people all over the world including the United Kingdom
The full renovation and expansion in May 2001 has made the mandir a very attractive and inviting place for devotees and visitors. The marble shrine housing the deities have specially been designed, made and transported from India. The intricate patterns, designs and symbols all tell a story of their own.