Narayan Temple


Dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayan Akshardham Temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. The lush green surroundings add to its beauty and serenity.

Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, established temples, known as mandirs as part of his philosophy of theism and deity worship. These mandirs are known as Swaminarayan Hindu temples. He constructed nine temples in the following cities; Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Muli, Vadtal, Junagadh, Dholera, Dholka, Gadhpur & Jetalpur. In these temples he installed images of various Hindu gods, such as NarNarayan Dev, LaxmiNarayan Dev, RadhaKrishna Dev, RadhaRaman Dev, Revti-Baldevji, Madan Mohan Dev etc.Each of these nine original temples fall either under the NarNarayan Dev Gadi, Ahmedabad or the LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi, Vadtal depending on their geographical location

One of the most prominent features of the heritage of Swaminarayan is temple architecture. The images in the temples built by Swaminarayan are the evidence of the priority of Krishna. All of the temples constructed during his life show some form of Krishna, and all temples since have such worshipable murtis. In the temples of the dioceses of Ahmedabad and Vadtal, they are predominantly a central altar or a shrine. Human forms are predominant but for a known exception of a Hanuman temple at Sarangpur, where Hanuman is the central figure.The temples have accommodations for sadhus built next to them. Stones were quarried in far places and carried to the temple sites.

Swaminarayan temples, like other Hindu temples, have walkways around the central shrine to allow worshipers to circumambulate the shrine. These are often decorated with designs and inlaid marble. The main shrine area is divided by railings. One side of the railing is reserved for women, as Swaminarayan propagated that men and women should be separated in temples to allow full concentration on god. Men do a specified number of prostrations. In front of the men's section, there is a small section reserved for ascetics and special guests. There is great variety in form and nature of the central images, in front of which are gold- or silver-plated doors that open during darshan.

History


The seeds of Satsang had been sown by Shastriji Maharaj. In 1994, a hari mandir was inaugurated in Jaipur. Swamishri wished to build a shikharbaddh mandir here. Jaipur was an important transit point for those going from Gujarat to the north. People in the westerns parts of the Hindi-speaking world were eager for Satsang. A grand Akshardham was coming up in Delhi, so alongwith that the construction of a shikharbaddh mandir was begun in the Pink City.

For the past 10 years Ishwarcharan Swami, Atmaswarup Swami and thereafter Dharmavatsal Swami and Sarvanivas Swami working with local devotee, Paragbhai, had been trying their utmost to acquire suitable land. In the end their efforts bore fruit and 5.5 acres of land was acquired in the newly developed suburb of Vaishali Nagar, 1½ km from the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. Swamishri took personal interest in the project and with his suggestions and guidelines inspired people in the designing of the mandir, assembly hall, guesthouse, gardens, etc. Accordingly, the Planning Cell of BAPS designed the mandir and anciliary buildings.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj sanctified the foundation bricks for the mandir during a Vedic ceremony in Delhi in 2002. Ishwarcharan Swami assumed responsibility for the project. Shri Jaisukhbhai Jhala rendered yeoman service throughout the project. Shri Harshadbhai Chavda took responsibility for all the stonework. Atmakirti Swami, assisted by Yogesh Swami, would often come from Delhi to check the progress as the pink sandstone mandir began to take shape with its well-laid gardens, furnished guesthouse, etc. In June 2005, Swamishri appointed Uttamcharan Swami and seven sadhus to help out in the completion of the mandir and prior arrangements for the mandir inauguration festival. A year previously, Yogiprem Swami had been appointed for the spread of Satsang in the rural areas. As a result of his work the Satsang was strengthened. All preparations were thus set afoot for the Jaipur mandir murti-pratishtha ceremony. The 42 villages of Rajasthan, where there are Satsang centres, offered their wholehearted support, especially physical labour, which they offered day and night.


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