The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, located in Chino Hills, California, is the first earthquake-proof mandir in the world. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a traditional Hindu mandir that was completed in 2012. Situated on a 20-acre site with a 91-foot lotus-shaped pond, the complex has a cultural center, gymnasium and classrooms. Approximately 900 volunteers, including many second-generation Indian-Americans, volunteered approximately 1.3 million man hours to construct the Mandir. This mandir uses a solar power system to generate electricity and reduce adverse effects on the environment. The solar panel power system is expected to reduce 1,556 tons of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 62,244 trees, over a 25 year period.HistoryIn 1977, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the present spiritual leader of BAPS, visited California. During his first visit, he encouraged a small group of individuals to hold regular assemblies. He, and other senior sadhus, returned nearly every year, nurturing and inspiring devotees. In 1984, Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated a small center in Whittier, California.Nineteen years later, in 1996, the local group made a proposal to build a larger facility, including a traditional stone mandir, to fulfill Pramukh Swami’s vision that he had shared with them almost two decades earlier and to accommodate their growing congregation.With his blessing, the group began searching for land. After reviewing a half-dozen parcels, Pramukh Swami Maharaj guided the group to a plot next to the 71 freeway in the City of Chino Hills.For BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and beyond, use our Chino Hills holiday builder app to get the most from your Chino Hills vacation.
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HandersonMarinhoSeptember 13, 2017
I have been there 5 months ago and I really like it, the atmosphere is amazing was a good chance to understand better the India culture and religion. If you are in Orange County you must see it. more »
amirk973September 10, 2017
This is a master piece. I have been in India and this is closet you can get to Indian architect in U.S. you must visit it .specially if you are close by. more »
Nas SSeptember 7, 2017
This temple is beautiful inside out. Photography is not allowed inside of the temple so you'd have to see it for yourself which is well worth it. Its full white and made out of marble inside of the te... more »
Srividhya iyerJuly 6, 2017
Beautifully sculptured temple both inside and external! Shoes are not allowed inside the temple. Drones prohibited. Visitors should wear clothes below knee level. The food court is moderate and there is a pretty gift shop.
Dan pJuly 6, 2017
Absolutely amazing place. Must visit this temple to get mental peace and to appreciate Indian art. Don't forget to see Hindu museum and Abhishek.
Jose Luis NavarreteMay 27, 2017
Breathtaking interiors made out of marble. Everything was brought from India and handcrafted there (wood and marble) Make sure to take off your shoes and cover your knees, if you're wearing shorts. No photography allowed inside the temples.
Nagarajan ThiyagarajanJuly 1, 2017
Intricate, wonderful carvings. Good place to spend an evening. Food was delicious. Will definitely come again.
Bryce CasterApril 27, 2017
Chino Hills is not the first place I would think would have an unbelievably intricate and ornate Hindu temple, but its there and it is worth a visit. The temple compound is secure and almost like a self-contained city. They have a gift shop, vegetarian restaurant and market too. No photography or shoes inside.
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