BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills

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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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  • Went here out of curiosity as we had been to India several months previously and glad that we went. There is still building work going on but the workmanship and skills are certainly inspiring. The st...  more »
  • An epic eyesore, gaudy, over-wrought and a perpetual monument to just how spineless the Chino Hills City council can be. It does not fit in any architectural style within 2000 miles. It looks like it ...  more »
  • It is something extraordinary, something that should be visited by architecture design an incredible Temple in its details
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  • Just happened to notice this temple while delivering freight to a construction site nearby and it looks like a very interesting place to visit in person. At least for my interests. Knowing very very little about Hindu Faith I have a curious mind and love to explore. And, I love to photograph nature and more. The structures look like, at least from a distance, some very fine artistic architecture. I plan to visit in the spring when the sun moves north and the weather warms.
  • This place is BEAUTIFUL!! If you think the outside is awesome, wait until you check out the inside of the temple. Make sure to check out the visiting hours, make sure you wear clothes that covers your shoulders and legs, or they’ll ask you to put on some special garments. You can pay $5 for an audio tour, other wise it’s free entry they just ask for donations at a donation box. There’s no professional photography allowed, and absolutely no interior photography allowed (which sucks) but you can take your cellphone with you and get pix on the outside of the buildings.
  • This is a well developed, well organized and well managed temple. People are nice and so is the architecture. They also serve traditional Indian food. If you happen to be from Gujarat or like food from that region you are in luck. This place has it all. If you live in or around LA or are visiting the city, you will not regret driving to visit this place.
  • The food, the bookstore, and careful loving attention to detail were very pleasant. The only thing I didn't like was too much restrictions. Taking photos inside the mandir was prohibited, there were much too many closed areas and gated walkways. Cameras in every corner, the stone wall parts that they don't want you to touch for some reason are inclosed in glass boxes. People are watching you closely the instance you get inside your pocket to check time on your phone - what if you are going to take a quick pic, one can't be too vigilant. Overall a visit is worth your time. You get to see amazing wood and stone craftsmanship where every little detail seems to be filled with dedication and diligent devotion. There are also pretty inexpensive authentic Indian souvenirs for you to take home, like incense cones and candies.
  • Very peaceful and artistically built temple. Also, delicious and healthy vegetarian food is available at the cafe. Their store has a good collection of items for reasonable prices. Worth visiting!

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