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Community Hall Guidelines

All bookings are subject to the following Terms & Conditions which shall form the contract between EHMCC and The Hirer.


Definitions :

In these terms & conditions: “EHMCC” means Edinburgh Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre, Charity Registration Number SC008893. “Hirer” means the person or persons with whom EHMCC has contracted to hire the premises and who is ultimately responsible for the payment of all charges incurred. If a booking is made on behalf of a Hirer by an authorised person/organisation they (and all its current and future post holders) is/are considered to be the “Hirer” and is/are liable for the terms of any room hire agreement. “The Premises” means the ground floor Hall including all fixtures and fittings, which the Hirer has contracted to hire at our temple address at  St Andrew Pl, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EG

About The premises:

Our Downstairs Hall is currently renovated, it can serve as a hub of activities for the hundreds of devotees who come to learn, worship and celebrate at the Mandir.

It's 22 meters X 17 meters – which can accommodate 200 people. with folding partitions, the hall can also be sectioned into two halves.

The perfect venue for your event, located close to Edinburgh City Centre near the foot of Leith walk, EHMCC hall can be hired for:

  • ·   Engagements
  • ·   Weddings
  • ·   Parties (Birthday parties, Anniversaries etc.)
  • ·   Religious events, such as Satsangs and Pujas.
  • ·   Teaching (Yoga Class, Meditation class, Dance class etc.)
  • ·   Meeting & Presentation.

Coming Soon With Folding Stage Block to create a stage of any size, in any part of the hall, the empty hall is your blank canvas. Sound system, kitchen facilities and dining/servery area also available.

Booking procedure

EHMCC Booking Request Form must be filled in and the availability checked. A deposit as agreed must be paid to secure the booking. This will be refunded within one week after the hire completes. The deposit is non-refundable if a booking is cancelled by the Hirer, without one week's notice in advance.

Payment may be made by cheque or bank transfer. A receipt will be issued once the monies are received by EHMCC.


Only Vegetarian Food is allowed on site – regardless of whether pre-cooked or packaged No alcohol is to be brought into or consumed on the premises.

The caterer and the Hirer must follow our kitchen Health & Safety procedures. No gas cylinders are allowed in the kitchen – only our cooking stoves must be used. Electric cookers/ kettles may be used on the kitchen work surfaces with care. Plugs on these must be marked PAT tested and operation is the responsibility and liability of the Caterer.

Gloves, hair nets and aprons must be worn by all those preparing, cooking or serving food. All leftover food must be taken away by the Caterer or Hirer. This must not be left in our bins as it will not be disposed of by SVNUK. Extra charges will be made for this.

Cleaning and clearing up after events

Cleaning of the Halls and Kitchen after the event is the responsibility of the Hirer.

Black bags for the disposal of used disposable crockery and cutlery must be provided by the Hirer and disposed of in the large bins provided by EHMCC. Extra charges will be levied if the premises are not returned as delivered.

Payment & Cancellation



Security/House-keeping Refundable Deposit*


Hall Hire Charges

£30 per Hour (+3 hours £25 per hour)

Sound System Charges



Payment should be made atleast14 days before the event. Payment can be made by:

  • ·   Cheque – Payable to Edinburgh Hindu Mandir And Cultural Centre
  • ·   BACS - Bank Details Edinburgh Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre (80-02-27, 00328766).
  • ·   Card Machine – We can accept Deposits/ charges via Card Machine. The deposit will be returned to your UK Bank Account only.

Only exceptionally will cash payments be accepted and then only in person during office hours.

The deposit is non-refundable if a booking is cancelled by the Hirer, without giving at least 7 days’ notice.

In general, the Temple provides reservations on a first-come-first-serve basis. Still, it reserves the right to deny in the case of Temple-related activities requiring the use of the facility. In that case, the Hirer will be informed within 15 days after the reservation has been made. No reservations are considered confirmed and approved by the Temple or are binding to the Temple unless appropriate payments have been made to the Temple.

Other Terms & Conditions

  • The Hirer will comply with all Government and council laws, regulations, fire codes and other ordinances.
  • The Hirer/sponsor agrees to indemnify and to hold the EHMCC; all its Trustees, Officers, Members, and Employees harmless from and against any losses, damages, costs, expenses, liabilities, claims, demands, and causes of action of any nature whatsoever and from any expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees and for injury to or death of a person(s) or loss of and/or damage to property occurring in a manner directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hindu Temple by the Hirer/sponsor and the guests of the Hirer/sponsor.
  • Except where incidental to the program, all other advertising, sale of merchandise, or distribution of printed material is prohibited. No solicitation of any kind is allowed.
  • Admission charges or collections are prohibited unless prior permission is expressly obtained. Such permission will normally be granted only when proceeds, after necessary expenses, will be used solely for religious, charitable, philanthropic, civic, or other non-commercial or non-personal purposes. The financial statements of receipts and expenditures may be required within seven days of the event.
  • The Hirer undertakes to enforce and preserve the sanctity of the Temple by preventing shoes and consumption of food in the prayer hall.
  • All decorations must be removed after the function. No items shall be attached to the building property, except masking tape to hang light decorative items to walls, or any modifications made to the building structure, equipment, or grounds. Please do not use duct tape or nails. Any damage caused by this action will be charged to and paid for by the Hirer/sponsor as determined by the Edinburgh Hindu Mandir.
  • The hiring permission will not be granted to minors. An adult must be present for all activities involving the youth. The adult in charge of the activity will be present during the entire occupancy period. This person will be responsible for the proper use of the facilities and the proper conduct of those in attendance.
  • Use of the Kitchen is limited to cooking and consuming food on the premises. Food cooked in the Kitchen must be consumed in the Temple. Food cooked in the temple can’t be taken out for consumption.
  • Alcohol, smoking, or narcotics are NOT allowed on the whole premises.
  • Non-vegetarian food can NOT be cooked, consumed, or served on the Temple premises.
  • All garbage must be bagged for disposal and disposed of in the garbage dumpster located outside of the kitchen area; otherwise, additional cleaning charges may apply. The hirer must bring about 15 tall –trash bags and after all the clean-up is complete; fresh bags must be installed in all the trash cans.
  • The premises must be put back in order the way it was handed for hiring. Please refer pictures along with this document to understand the standard settings of the premises. Utensils in the kitchen, kitchen area, freezer and refrigerator need to be cleaned by Hirer if hiring Kitchen area.
  • Any Tables/Chairs you have used please put them back in the storage area. 
  • Kitchen and Toilets must be handed back in order the way it was handed before hiring.
  • If we find any blockage in the toilets after your hire, you will be responsible for the repair
  • Kitchen Pots, Cups, and Dishes must be cleaned if used.
  • The serving Area must be cleaned as well
  • You will be fully responsible to keep the Toilets clean


Additional Terms & Conditions for FREE or Discounted Hirer

  • Please book your session beforehand. Only one contact person from the group can book the slot each time
  • Please do not come over without booking, We can’t allocate an ad-hock slot.
  • Please be prepared to share your slot time with another team.
  • Do not hand over your slot to another team without prior permission.
  • We are not charging for the booking but you are fully responsible to maintain the cleanliness of the Hall. 
  • If you damage anything, You will have to pay to fix that
  • Please keep Main Door closed to make sure  no one sneaks upstairs
  • No kitchen access please
  • Please return the hall in the same condition as you get.
  • If you are the last one to leave the premises, make sure all the lights are off. The heating is turned off. Lock the premises securely. 
  • Temple Event gets first priority. If anything is planned for Temple, your slot is subject to change
  • If we find anything out of order, You have to pay a fine of up to £50 & repair any damage that occurred

Recommended Donations & Service Charges


  Description Minimum Donation* Charges Comments
1 Vehicle Puja £21 Priest's Daxina included
2 Adhock Puja Request £11 Priest's Daxina included
- Shiv Abhishek, birthday Puja etc
Small Puja at the Temple £51 Priest's Daxina included
- Aksharbhyas, Annaprashana etc
3 Puja/Havan at the Temple £51 + Panditji’s Dakshina (£51)
- Satya Narayan Katha etc

Puja away from the Temple


+ Panditji’s Dakshina (£51)

( Example - Grah Pravesh Or  Katha Or Havan)
- Please arrange travelling

5 Preeti Bhoj

£501 + cleaner's charges ( £14 Per Hour)
6 Preeti Bjoj (Sunday) £301 + cleaner's charges ( £14 Per Hour)
7 Community Hall Hire £30 per Hour
(£75 for 3 Hours)
+ Arrange Cleaning, £25 for each additional hour over 3 hours
11 Cleaning Service £13 per Hour Minimum 2 Hours
12 Laundering the White Sheets £10 per sheet
13 Wedding Service at the Temple £301 + Use of Temple Hall
+ Panditji’s Dakshina (£151)
14 Wedding Service away from the Temple £301 + Panditji’s Dakshina (£151)
- Please arrange travelling
15 Yagyopavit ( Janeu) Service at the Temple £151 + Panditji’s Dakshina (£51)
16 Yagyopavit ( Janeu) Service away from Temple £151 + Panditji’s Dakshina (£51)
17 Wedding Mandap Service £200 Decoration for any other function
A minimum donation is required for the upkeep of the Mandir but a larger amount will be very much appreciated. Thank you !!   

Preeti Bhoj Guidelines

You can book your Preeti Bhoj request on You can select one of the following options.

 Preeti Bhoj ( £501 +  Cleaner’s Charges*)

 Sunday Preeti Bhoj ( £301 +  Cleaner’s Charges*) - Discounted by £200

£50 Deposit upfront - Will be returned when Hall, Kitchen returned in satisfactory condition

 Temple will provide the following fixed menu.

  • 1 x Rice
  • 1 x Dal
  • 1 x Veg Subji
  • 1 x Chapati/Puri
  • 1 x sweet ( Kheer etc)

 If Yajman wishes to add any items, have to provide ingredients. For Example

  • Raita - Provide Yogurt and boondi/cucumbers etc
  • Salad - Bring all the ingredients
  • Add Paneer in the Subzi - provie paneer 

 If yajman wishes to make any change please contact the Kitchen Team to check if we can accommodate your change. Additional charges may apply.

 * Cleaner’s Charges - £15 Per hour. Usually £60 for 4 hours


Preeti Bhoj on Festival Day

The temple will serve the devotees on Festival Day. Multiple Yajmans can contribute towards the expense. 


Guidelines for the Preeti Bhoj

Kitchen Team Responsibilities

  1. Prasad Preparation: The Kitchen Team is responsible for preparing prasad for all temple events, including Sunderkand, Mata ki Chowki, Jagarata, and other occasions.
  2. Menu Decisions: While suggestions for the menu are welcome, the final decision on the menu will be made by the Kitchen Team. These decisions will be binding for the Yajman.

Yajman Responsibilities

  1. Cleaning Duties:

    • The Yajman is responsible for ensuring the dining area and kitchen are thoroughly cleaned before and after the Preeti Bhoj.
    • One member of the Yajman team must remain present until the cleaning process is completed.
  2. Volunteer Coordination:

    • The Yajman must arrange for volunteers to wash the steel plates used during the event.
    • Volunteers must also be organized to assist with both cooking and cleaning duties.
  3. Cooking Assistance:

    • The Yajman is required to provide help specifically for preparing roti or puris.
    • Yajman can help the kitchen team as a kitchen volunteer during the cooking process. Yajmans are not allowed to call outside Chefs to cook the food. This decision will solely remain with the kitchen team
  4. Waste Management:

    • The Yajman should take necessary steps to avoid food waste, ensuring efficient use and distribution of food.
  5. Financial Contribution:

    • A cash contribution of £50-£70 should be brought by the Yajman for the cleaner.

General Guidelines

  1. Volunteer Support: Any additional volunteers willing to help with the Preeti Bhoj are always welcome and appreciated.
  2. Decision Authority:
    • The Kitchen Team retains the right to make or change decisions related to the menu and other kitchen-related matters at their discretion.
    • The Kitchen Team is authorized to get help from the professional when needed
    • Management reserves the right to make the necessary changes without prior notice

Bhahan & Kirtan

Every Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

Followed by Preeti Bhoj for all the devotees


Happy Social Club


Hello- We are now able to confirm further details of the Happy Social group (Adults only).

Venue: EHMCC Community Hall

Date & Time: 3rd Saturday of the Month from 3 to 6 pm

Please note it's £5 per person each meeting to cover the expenses for snacks/ tea/ coffee/games etc..

Objective: It’s mainly to have fun and enjoyment in doing things together eg. movement to music, exercises, indoor games, walking, discussions on topics of community interest and much more...

Can you confirm asap if you would like to join us, and how many(as we will have limited spaces and for catering purposes).

(Please note that no one on this message will be able to see your telephone number except the coordinators).

Any questions or to confirm your place, please contact:

Deepali – 07404252191
Diksha – 07837552096


Sangeet Sandhya


All music lovers are welcome to join the musical journey with fellow enthusiasts.
First Friday of each month.
You are welcome to sing/play music on any instrument. Have fun !!
Recommended donation of £5 for each participant, which will be used to improve facilities at the temple.
Detail :
Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and cultural centre invites you all to join - restarting after a break
A musical meetup Sangeet Sandhya :
Sangeet Sandhya is a meetup for all music lovers. It is a meetup for all who like to sing, play instruments or just simply like to listen to others singing. If you like to sing but finding hard to sing at home, if you are good at playing any musical instrument but tired of playing by yourself, if you are passionate about music and want to learn from others or if you just want to enjoy your evening listening others singing then Sangeet Sandhya is the right place to be.
Sangeet Sandhya is an initiative to bring all the talented people together for them to enjoy their common passion and grow together by learning from each other. This will also allow people to enjoy themselves and help them to connect with likeminded people.
Sangeet Sandhya is also an initiative to raise continuous funds for Edinburgh Hindu Temple which will help the temple to accomplish its future projects.
7:30 pm (After Arti)
Starting from 29th Oct Friday 2021
First Friday of every month
Edinburgh Hindu Mandir
St Andrew Place, Leith
Edinburgh EH6 7EG
Entry Fee: Only £5
Come and join this musical meetup and be a part of the musical community within Edinburgh.
Please note: This is not an event but just a meetup for likeminded people and all fundraised will go to Edinburgh Hindu Mandir.
You can sing any song (Bollywood, Ghazal, folk song devotional, non-devotional) and if you wish to sing, please bring your Karaoke or your instruments with you.
For more information: please contact Tejas on 07588847148.




Please join us for our weekly Edinburgh Balagokulam and Parivar Shakha classes at Edinburgh Hindu Mandir (Community Hall), St Andrew Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7EG.
Every Sunday between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM

Dear All,

     We need the following items on the daily basis or frequently. You can donate these items to the temple to help us out. 

Kitchen Items

Temple Kitchen cook food for the devotees on regular basis. We need the following items in the kitchen.

  Item  Notes
*  Sunflower Oil  20L/10L/5L 
*  Rice  Any size Bag
*  Flour   Any size Bag


Cleaning Items

We also need to care about hygiene in the temple kitchen, Temple Hall, Community Halls and toilets.

   Item Notes
 *  Surface Cleaners  
 *  Window Cleaners  
 *  Surface Cleaning Wipes  The big packs are preferable
*  Toilet Rolls  
 *  Kitchen Rolls  


Sponsor Big Items  

You can sponsor following items in full/partly/single 

   Item Number notes
*  Folding Tables 10  We need to replace tables in the Community Hall to utilize space 
 * Stackable Chairs 200  We need to replace Chairs as well to utilize space
* cordless microphones 2 We need a couple of Wireless microphones to use in the Temple Hall as well as Community Hall
* Speakers 4 We would like to get new speakers for Temple Hall and install existing Speakers in the Community Hall

Dear All,


After the long lockdown period, We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the temple from 19/07/2020. 


Only pre-booked Darshan is allowed. You can book your 15 mins Darshan slot on the below website:-


Bookings details to include the following for “Test and Trace”


- Each visitor details including age and contact telephone number 

- Each family with a maximum 5 members – Kids below 10 years old and older people above 70 years are not encouraged to visit during this crisis.

 - EHMCC will appoint a COVID Safety Officer, who will ask screening questions;  and if there are any symptoms may advise to return home for the safety of the larger community. 


All devotees must follow the below guidelines:-

  • Wear masks or substantial Face cover is mandatory all the time inside the premises.
  • A devotee must bring their own mask.
  • Maintain 2m Distance all the time.
  • No Saashtang Pranam or Forhead bowing only Namaste
  • Restrictions on high-risk activity, such as singing, chanting and communal handling of objects and food.
  • A devotee will not be allowed to touch anything.
  • There will be no cooking or Prasad or offering.
  • Toilet will not be available for the Public.
  • Lift/Elevator will not be available, so if your special need, unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate currently.


We have to sanitize Temple more often and we have to put extra efforts in terms of maintaining hygiene. Cost of cleaning will be increased, we appreciate any donation or sponsorship towards cleaning.

We need lots of help from volunteers to re-open the Temple. Anyone wish to volunteering on these days, please contact any committee member on Phone/Email.



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