The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Chicago, Illinois is a traditional Hindu place of worship built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is headed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, is a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. The mandir, located in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, opened on August 8, 2004. It is built of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone. The mandir is the largest of its kind in Illinois and was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu texts of temple architecture. The complex spreads over 27 acres and, in addition to the mandir, includes a haveli and a small bookstore. The haveli is a cultural center in which weekly congregations are held. The mandir is open daily for worship and to visitors.Mandir and Daily RitualsThe temple, classified within traditional Hindu architecture as a ‘Shikharbadha mandir,’ has been built according to principles laid out in the Shilpa Shastras. The Shilpa Shastras are Hindu texts prescribing standards of sacred architecture. Within the mandir are different shrines, in which murtis (sacred images of Hindu deities) have been installed. The central shrine holds the murti of Swaminarayan, with Gunatitanand Swami to his left, together worshipped as Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj. Other shrines hold the murtis of Ghanshyam Maharaj, Harikrishna Maharaj, Shri Radha Krishna, Shri Shiva Parvati, Shri Sita Ram, Hanumanji, Ganapatiji and the lineage of BAPS gurus who are Swaminarayan’s spiritual successors. The murtis become worthy of worship after being imbued with the living presence of the deities. Accordingly, the Swaminarayan sadhus (Hindu monks) offer devotional worship to the deities throughout the day. The sadhus awaken the deities before dawn by singing morning hymns, called prabhatiya. Managala aarti, which is the first of five aartis, is also performed at this time. Aarti is a ritual where devotees sing the glory of God while a lighted wick is circulated before the murtis. After managala aarti, the deities are bathed and offered food and garments that vary with the season. After the murtis have been adorned with garments, shangaar aarti is performed. At midday, rajabhoga aarti is performed and food is offered to the murtis. Food that has been offered to the deities is considered sanctified, and is distributed to devotees as holy prasadam. In the evening, sandhya aarti is performed before offering food to the murtis. The sadhus put the murtis to rest by adorning them with night garments. Shayana aarti is performed at this time. Chamber doors are closed when food is being offered and when the murtis are put to rest.To visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on your trip to Bartlett, use our Bartlett day trip planning website .
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Reviews
punu_jainSeptember 22, 2017
Beautiful expierence.never seen such fine woodwork in any temple. Even the god idols were so beautiful. Peace around was grt. Visited around 6 pm participate in aarti and was a fine expierence . more »
A TripAdvisor MemberSeptember 4, 2017
I've seen this place many times and always wanted to check it out. My wife and I finally decided to give it a visit, and boy I wish we could have gone sooner. The place is simply beautiful. What I was... more »
Rita LJuly 25, 2017
After touring, you will feel like you've been to India. The people that serve the temple love to give tours and have guests. The two main buildings are beautiful and unique, and I recommend you to go ... more »
Pankaj GuptaJuly 8, 2017
This is one of the best temples in the while United States. Amazing construction on line of Akshardham in India, great management, soul soothing calm and above all peace for the whole mind and soul. Everyone I come here to pay my regards to supreme I feel the blessings showering on me and raising my inner strength. The Shayona serves very good vegetarian food and book shop contains great books, natural indian artisan created household items, puja related items and general festival celebration stuff. One of the largest gatherings of devotees in a single place in Illinois during festivals. Must visit place for everyone.
Pramid daveJuly 4, 2017
Huge, magnificent and blissful. Also gives a great insight into India and Indian culture.
Vinod KumarJune 5, 2017
Calm and soothing inside. Good food. Extra Gujrati food could help non Gujratis.
Prof. Arun C. MehtaApril 13, 2017
Every Indian visiting USA must visit BAPS SN temple. Beautifully constructed and plantation is awesome. Gujarati stuff in its store is mouth watering, One must try.
Kiran MistryJuly 9, 2017
Nice temple with great wood carving reflicting traditional Indian temple architecture.
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