Swaminarayana Temple, AhmedabadCurrently Open
- Address: Kalupur, Ahmedabad- 380001, Gujarat, India
- Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
About Swaminarayana Temple, Ahmedabad
This temple is built in Kalupur in Ahmedabad according to the instructions given by the former of this sect, Shri Swaminarayan. The administration of the temple is divided into two groups according to his instructions- The Nar Narayan Dev Gadi and the Laxmi Narayan dev Gadi. This 19th century temple has all god and goddesses depicted by green and yellow statues in colourful clothes.
The land for the temple was originally granted to Swaminarayan Trust by Sir Dunlop on behalf of the British imperial government. It is said that the viceroy was so very pleased with Swaminarayan and his activities that he gifted him with few thousand acres of land to him. He even ordered 21 gun- shot salute after the temple was built.
The temple architecture is majorly based on Burma teakwood design and has different hues of bright colours filled in just like many other Swaminarayan temples. The prime deity here is the Nar Narayan Swami. The central gateway is gorgeous with a combination of local and western designs along with a British essence. The gateway scultures are adorned with traditional Rajasthani and Gujrati style clothing. The top of the pillars are a contrast again with the touch of Mughal architecture. The Narnarayan temple is the heart of the entire complex. It is a heritage in the social and cultural history of Gujarat. There are images and idols of the prime deity in the centre, Laxminarayan in the right and Dharmadev, Bhaktimata and harikrishna on the left. The dresses of the deities are changed 7 times a day and look very bright and beautiful.
The Akshar Bhavan on the ground floor has the idol of GhanshyamMaharaj as a child in marble. This place also exhibits personal belongings of Swaminarayan along with the southern side of the building which is called the Tejendra Bhavan for the pilgrims to take rest. The idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj is also placed in the hall where Swaminarayan used to stay on his visits to Ahmedabad. This is known as the Rang Mahal. The striking attraction here is the life size idol of Swaminarayan standing in teak wood. It is the most amazing wood work in Gujarat. On the western side is the women’s temple which is meant for females who have taken spiritual vows and have dedicated their lives to the temple and god. Here the head Acharya’s wife holds up conferences solely for the women living here. This mansion is decorated with gorgeous chandeliers, lams and huge mirrors. The pillars are carved with motifs of sweet flowers and other creepers.
The haveli on the northern side was constructed in 1871 by Acharya Maharajshree Keshavprasadji Maharaj. This is a grand mansion of an octagonal shape. The pillars here are exquisitely carved and the most attractive are the statues of Hanumana lifting the Devgiri Mountain on his palm and that of Lord Ganesha. There are also depictions of the Rani of Jhansi and Lord Vishnu also in the Narasimha Avatar.
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Swaminarayana Temple Information
- Footwear is not allowed inside the main temple.
- Do maintain peace inside.
- Alcoholism, smoking and chewing of tobacco is not allowed here.
How To reach Swaminarayana Temple by Public Transport
- The nearest airport is the Sardar Vallabbhai Patel airport.
- The nearest railway station is the Kalupur Railway Station.
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Swaminarayana Temple, Ahmedabad Reviews
The temple is so peaceful and relaxing. The staff members are very cooperative. Laser show is very good. Well maintained. One beautiful thing is they don't allow phones and camera so you can enjoy the nature and beauty with your own eyes not through the cell phone camera's. It's a big place. By 7 the show starts so buy tickets before and till that time you can enjoy the nature
World's First Swaminarayan Temple... This temple is the first temple of the Swaminarayan sect to have been built. In 1822, the land was given by the British government to do so, and Swaminarayan himself entrusted the responsibility for the construction of the temple to Ananandanand Swami. The temple is carved in Burmese teak, and every arch and bracket is painted with bright colors, a defining characteristic of Swaminarayan temples everywhere. There are several idols installed by Swaminarayan himself, as well as a display of some of his personal items and sculptures. In the adjoining haveli, there are quarters for pilgrims of the sect, a special section for women, and an area where ceremonies and teaching sessions are held for women only. Located near Kalupur in the eastern part of the old city, the Swaminarayan Temple is a splash of color in the midst of the city’s grey and is also the starting point for the Heritage Walk through the pols of the old city.
Very holy and calm place to visit. It is main temple for Swaminarayan followers. It is located in the old city of Ahmedabad in Kalupur area. People often visit this temple at all times. You always seen spiritual atmosphere all the time when you visit.
Great architecture. If you are visiting Ahmedabad.. Please do not miss out on a visit.
Beautiful carvings, figurines. Restorative work going on but not a hindrance to visitors. The outer surroundings are terrible though. Narrow, crowded and dirty roads. Cows, dogs, animal excrement on the roads even in the mornings when they are usually clean in other cities. Motorists don't care about pedestrians, traffic signs or road discipline.