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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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  • For the casual tourist, this complex is a surprising break from fast and furious los angeles. The visitor center is an elaborately carved wonder imported from India in pieces. The mandir is also wonde...  more »
  • Attended the festival of lights here. Such a beautiful temple. Remember to remove your shoes when going to the temple and you can't take pictures inside. People were friendly too. 
  • This is beautiful outside, nothing prepares you for the beauty inside. Very serene very relaxing. Everybody was welcoming and friendly. Do not miss this 
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  • If you are a Southern Californian resident, this place is must to be explored. I do not know the history of this place because, its difficult to get any information. Although they do have a visitor's center, but on the day of my visit, i did not see anyone manning the front desk. However, the book shop was hive of activity. And in the adjacent is the cafe, that serves great food, but the lines are long for anything and everything. Do not count your blessings if your hunger pang strikes. The temple is the most sacred, I took the elevator to visit the second floor, I was shocked, I thought I was in another planet. Inside the temple everything is made out of marble. Its so gorgeous. The negative point is-someone overseeing, the operations has no eyes-No Photography!
  • Dipawali ke pavan parv ki hardik shubh kamnayen...
  • 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.
  • This is a very nice location for a temple. The temple architecture is marvelous, and the surroundings are great to spend time. The newly renovated cafeteria and store are a plus.
  • 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.