Swaminarayana TempleCurrently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
- Address: Kalupur, Ahmedabad- 380001, Gujarat, India
- Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Swaminarayana Temple - Review
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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79.42% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Swaminarayana Temple in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
51.14% of people start their Swaminarayana Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Swaminarayana Temple
93.83% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Swaminarayana Temple
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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 jay swaminarayan
The abode of almighty built by HIMSELF. Ecstatic vibes throughout the sherine .One of the richest heritage sites. Glory of Ancient INDIAN ARCHITECTURE with its clever presentation is intact. Lovely place to visit for everyone
The oldest temple of Swaminarayan religion. Built by the God Swaminarayan himself. It has one of the best carvings. One of the biggest attractions of Ahmedabad Heritage walk. It is built by using special kind of wood. The temple has also built a ladies temple for only ladies allowed inside it.
Beautiful place with a feeling of jovial spirituality. There is a main temple, a ladies' monastery and a men's monastery. All beautifully carved and decorated. It is also the start of the Ahmedabad Heritage walk, which I commend to anyone visiting the city.
Such a peaceful place. Wonderful experience for old handmade stone work and art. It's well known for haritage walk. I must suggest to all and specially for Swaminarayan people.