The Kendra was founded in 1993 by representatives from all the established Gujarati Organisations in the Greater Durban area to build a much needed temple and community centre at 5 Sydenham Road, Durban to serve the religious and cultural needs of the community. The whole community was actively involved in fundraising and cultural activities for 8 years and this culminated in the grand and memorable official opening of the Ekta Mandir and the Community Centre in April 2001 under the spiritual guidance of Shree Rameshbhai Oza and Shree Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Munili).
Our primary objective is the promotion of the Hindu religion and culture and enriching the lives of all in the community through our social, cultural and educational activities. With this objective in mind, we have organised, with great success, over 300 events since our formation. The activities extend over religious events and festivals, Aarties and Bhajans, youth events, cultural shows and bridal fairs, community service projects and social responsibility programmes over the past 3 years. Whilst continuing with our numerous regular activities, we embarked on a special programme organising activities for the wonderful senior members of the community. These include indoor picnics, film shows, indoor get-togethers for Bhajans, Chopaat or card games at the hall and, more recently, a most successful trip along the Garden Route to Cape Town.
Our hall is one of the most popular and exotic venues on offer in Durban for a tehemd Asian wedding.