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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills

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4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • My mom and I went to the Mandir and had a wonderful cultural experience as we watched a religious ceremony. We toured the exhibits and were fascinated by the architecture and history of the BAPS Shri ...  read more »
  • We have been driving by watching this marvelous structure being build for a few years and were very excited when they opened their doors. First let me say that all women must have a cover over their h...  read more »
  • I always try and view something special even on a short trip for westside to PS. This place is so cool. Visit the Mandir even if its during the closed hours. Doesn't matter your spirituality or religi...  read more »
  • Very nice temple. And awesome cafeteria. You will get all kind of Indian cousines eg jalebi, handvo, dhokla, tea etc
  • Strange environment. Separate men and women. Unfriendly environment towards children. Stringent rules which seems excessive. Structure is nice but ambience has been totally ruined by authoritarian employees and or volunteers.
  • Amazing!! Taj Mahal architecture right here in chino hills.
  • People we so friendly. Appreciated the hand carved marble and the symbolism that was explained. Worth a look if you are curious. Will need to remove your shoes to enter it.
  • Temple is good. Have a big complaint the way they operate the snacks and canteen . The food is absolutely rubbish. Half backed food and very poor customer service. Too much of salt in the food. On checking with the person on the counter, he said this is all what we can do. he sounded like what's wrong with you. I will not recommend anybody to go and have food inside the temple cafe or snack area. Otherwise temple is awesome, but cafe service is disgusting.
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