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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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  • A must stop and go see if in the area. The temple is just stunning. Great imported and authentic food shop next to usual gift store. Hot food restaurant is great if a fan of that style of cooking..  more »
  • The temple surroundings are still under construction. However, the main temple and haveli are ready to access. Wonderful marble and wooden carving inside the temple. The temple has a restaurant and st...  more »
  • One of these am I seeing what I am seeing from the freeway. Exceptional craftsmanship and gracious hosts. The members enjoy sharing their religious facility. After exploring the temple go to the cafe ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Intricate, wonderful carvings. Good place to spend an evening. Food was delicious. Will definitely come again.
  • 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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