Swaminarayana Temple, Ahmedabad

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Address: Kalupur, Ahmedabad- 380001, Gujarat, India

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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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  • A beautiful temple, the starting point of the Ahmedabad old city heritage walk rightly dubbed as the walk form 'Mandir to Masjid' as it ends at the famous Jama Masjid.

  • The temple is very Nice,this temple is in Heritage place. The Mandir is very big this temple is wonderfull and the temple is very big in this kalupur area. This Mandir's kalcher so on the his wall and Darvaja. The Mandir is big and his trust is vary big and the Mandir trust is Nice Over all i am give this Temple star5

  • This is the first Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in the world. This temple was built by Bhagwan Swaminaryaan himself. Bhagwan Swamianrayan himself did the pratista of the murtis and did the aarti; and he gave a boon whoever do seva of this murti and do seva of the mandir will achieve Akshardham. Maharaj said I myself reside in this Narnarayandev Murti so do not see any difference between me and this murti I gave you in this temple.

  • World's first swaminarayan temple...The most divya and pavitra nar narayan mandir

  • If you are in Ahmedabad and want to see the best examples of unique architecture alongwith with the history of Lord Swaminarayan who built first temple of Swaminarayan Sect at Ahmedabad then this temple should be on top of your visiting list.

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