BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto

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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir in 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 Pramukh 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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  • A spot magico....la beauty of this temple is priceless ... I recommend to all who pass by Toronto to come and see him ... is a little far from the Centre but they can be easily reached by metro and a bus ... I loved it I won't forget ...
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  • Stay away, but it's worth it if you plan to visit the temple. On the outside you ever surprised with the wealth of details. Next to the temple there is a building where the reception desk, which is where you come in. On the outside, all beautifully worked in wood. Upon entering, you surprise yourself again with the beautiful lobby, down a hallway that leads to the temple itself. There you can access a single area (photography is not allowed), that is stunning. Dozens of pilasters and the marble ceiling, all finely worked, with a wealth of stunning images, to say the least. Important: it is a religious temple, so respect is fundamental. Don't go with shorts, low-cut or birrentas children.
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  • it was absolutely incredible to connect with that sort of grand culture and its religious and architectural aspects. Fascinating craftsmanship  more »
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  • 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.
  • The structure is wonderful. It's only 10 years old. They have wonderful set of books that are sold on Hinduism as well. Make sure you are not wearing shorts as they will encourage you wear a dhoti that have in the hallway. Also they don't want anyone taking photos inside. First time I went the guy there took my camera from me and then he reviewed the entire tape and deleted everything and gave it back. I was a bit upset and kind of ruined my mood but I was there for godly reasons and not for money making business. I have been there few times now and the atmosphere is great. I highly recommend it but no camera inside and wear proper clothing.
  • Big and Good peaceful Mandir, Abhishekpuja very nice, Goodtemple store all items are reasonable price and nice :)
  • Hindu religion is oldest and best religion on our planet many religions like Sikhism, Jainism and budhism are made by Hindus some religions like christionality and Islam are mitionary religions they spread there religion a good example is India a pure land of Hindus but foreigners came in India and make Hindus christions and Muslims forcely but remember today also many brave Hindu kshatrya rajputs are living in India many Indian gods like Lord Rama,Lord Krishna Pandavas were all rajputs in medical period also many brave rajput kind like Maharana Pratap,Prithvi Raj Chauhan,Amar Singh Rathore,Shivaji,Rao Chanda Singh Rathore were all rajputs and fight again many foreign Invaders I know not all but many Muslims joules with Hindus (Amar Tha Rajputana Amar hai Rajputana aur Amar rahega Rajputana) if anyone thinks Hindus are innocent and afraid people just search on your Google about brave rajputs history . I have proud on me to born in such a great clan of Hindu Kshatrya Rajput . Jai Rajputana Jai Mata Ki. Thanks to owner of this temple to make this temple in a great country like Canada so people can feel presence of Hinduism all over the world you are a great man in front of my eyes I wish I can meet you in my life .
  • The place is huge. Recommended for a peaceful calm place, they have a nice store inside the temple where you can buy spiritual books.

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