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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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  • Beautiful marble engraved temple. So much peace and tranquillity... Stay for aarti its a lovely experience.  more »
  • I'd heard about this place from friends, so after a family wedding in NJ, we decided to do a road trip to Niagra Falls and Toronto to see this. It was a long trip, but worth it! It's difficult to imag...  more »
  • My family and I went on road trip to Toronto from NYC. I chose several must sees for us to visit. When approaching BAPS Mandir it didn't look like something special was located in the district because...  more »
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  • The architecture of this place is amazing and it is very calm inside when it is not busy. Both exterior and interior is full intricate details and very well maintained. The food they had for the wedding service they offer was good when we attended a wedding here. The food was tasty but I am not sure if they allow onion or garlic in the food because most temples like this are Jain.
  • Brilliant architecture. Out of the world interior. Museum is good. Hindu God sculptures are great. Precise stone work.
  • Simple... whenever I am in stressful no matter success or not always priceless atmosphere seating on prayer and meditation extra energy gain every moment. Thanks
  • Going to a mandir is a spiritual experience and when we got there, it felt more like a museum touring setup. It is very beautiful indeed but why do mandirs have a restriction on when you can do your prayers to the gods you came to pay respects to? Why the timing restriction? What sense does it make that when someone came to do their prayers but all they are told to do is come back at a later time because the mandir is closed?? Not closed because the whole building is closed but closed because there is a time restriction on when you can do your prayers at the mandir but will gladly tell you to walk through the mesuim.. Don't get me wrong.. it's a beautiful and peaceful place to be but the disappointment on when you can do your prayers is a new trend that needs to be re-evaluated..
  • It is the place of peace. It shows unity, dedication, sacrifice great volunteerism & amazing leadership.