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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Complex in Bartlett, IL has become the focus of interest and wonder for thousands of local citizens and people visiting Chicagoland. The fusion of traditional Indian architecture with modern technology has attracted people from all walks of life; from visiting school groups to architects, all have been marveled by the Mandir’s stunning architecture and breathtaking artistry. 



This masterpiece of ancient design and workmanship, which was put up in only 16 months, is testimony to the sheer dedication and devotion of over 1,700 volunteers.


The story of the Mandir’s creation is epic in proportions and logistics. Over 1,700 volunteers from the Chicagoland area, and many more from over 3 continents, contributed their expertise during the construction of this edifice.   Built according to the ancient canons of Hindu architecture, known as the Shilpa-Shastras, the Mandir exemplifies a system of construction that has been proven to withstand the tests of time, thus providing a place that will continue to generate memories and experiences for posterity. 


Using premium Italian Carrara marble, Indian Makrana marble, and the finest Turkish limestone, it was hand-carved into 40,000 pieces by skilled craftsmen in India. Ancient Indian heritage and traditions have been encompassed in this place of worship that has revived India’s culture through its beautiful architecture.



Festivals are celebrated on a grand scale at the Mandir throughout the year, which include Diwali, Swaminarayan Jayanti, Ram Navmi, Janmashtmi, Shivratri, Holi and Ganesh Chaturti.  Marking the Hindu New Year, the grandest of the Hindu festivals, Diwali and Annakut, are celebrated with dazzling lights, sights, smells, and sounds.

I had a chance to visit this temple on a heavy snow day, Here i posted the few photos and video i took there.





Address:
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago
1851 Pramukh Swami Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 213-2277
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