BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a traditional Hindu place of worship that was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is headed by Mahant Swami Maharaj, is a global spiritual organization within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The mandir was built in 18 months and consists of 24,000 pieces of hand-carved Italian carrara marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone. The mandir is the largest of its kind in Canada and was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu scriptures. The grounds spread over 18 acres and in addition to the mandir, include a haveli and the Heritage Museum. The mandir is open daily to visitors and for worship. In July 2017, the temple will complete its 10 years of greatness, wisdom, and spirituality.Mandir and daily ritualsThe temple is a type of ‘Shikarbaddha’ mandir, built according to principles laid out in the Shilpa Shastras, Hindu texts prescribing standards of sacred architecture. Within the mandir, murtis (sacred images of the deities) have been installed in different shrines. The central shrine holds the murti of Swaminarayan, with Gunatitanand Swami to his left, together worshipped as Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj. Similarly, different shrines hold murtis of other Hindu deities such as Radha Krishna, Shiva Parvati, Sita Ram, Hanuman, Ganapati/Ganesh and the lineage of BAPS gurus who are Swaminarayan’s spiritual successors.
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  • We visited on a bus trip. I do not know much about Hindu culture so was very open to this experience. The temple was amazing and the tour incredibly informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience a...  more »
  • Every visit to and from Pearson airport takes us past this unique temple. After many promises to ourselves of stopping there some day, we finally did!! This is a must see if you appreciate history, ar...  more »
  • If you're visiting Toronto and have enough days, it really is worth scroll to this place. It has enough time to get by bus from downtown, but is one of the most special places I've seen. You can visit for free, and worth it, because if it's nice outside, inside it is indescribable.
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  • after visiting the site for BAPS I Went in just wanted to look around. VOW such a divine place .maybe not great for kids you cant keep quiet. They ask you to remove your shoes and put them in some cubbies inside the entrance, and when you go upstairs they ask you to not talk to preserve the spiritual feeling. would like to go there again
  • i went there for a school project from 7 to 11 and the guy who was suppose to do a tour for us did not do it . he told us that it does not go with our assignment but we already knew that it does not go with our assignment. we choose because we had no other choice and he did not listen . he was more into the assignment and telling us what to do about the assignment than what we came for. yes it was an assignment but that is not any of his business.i think you guys should listen first before you decide to help anyone . it is really not fair for us who came all the way and end up not doing anything . all i wanted was a tour and tell me what is the history beside it not for you tell me what i should do for my assignment .
  • I went here on a Monday long weekend and found it to be an amazing experience. When u first get in you take your shoes off after getting through the foyer. Everything is so clean and well kept. The place is only 10 years old. It was so quiet, any and every question we had was answered to our satisfaction. The hospitality and being treated as more than a guest was very appreciated. I would and will be coming here again. A good presentation of the Hindu religion and it's ethics along with Indian history and culture.
  • Beautiful and magnificant . I have been told that it has no joints in its building and without any metal parts. It brings peace to the inner self .
  • Went in as a tourist, just wanted to look around. LOVELY, free, maybe not great for kids you cant keep quiet. They ask you to remove your shoes and put them in some cubbies inside the entrance, and when you go upstairs they ask you to not talk to preserve the spiritual feeling.
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