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Sep 26 – The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham is the largest Hindu temple in the United States, and it is located in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The following are the top 10 temple updates.
According to ANI, this majestic Mahamandir, or big temple, is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, a respected Hindu spiritual guru who lived in the nineteenth century. It was inspired by his 5th spiritual successor, the revered saint Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
2. Construction on this Mahamandir began in 2015, and its ceremonial inauguration is set for October 8, 2023, with Mahant Swami Maharaj and other dignitaries officiating.
3. The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, which spans 185 acres and is staffed by over 12,500 volunteers from across North America. They have produced an unmatched landmark that will last for far over a millennium, according to ANI.
4. This religious edifice in India was meticulously constructed by a group of BAPS swamis and dedicated volunteers. Stone was collected from several European regions and transported to India, where it was intricately crafted.
5. The stone pieces were brought to the United States, where a varied group of volunteers gathered to build on the temple under the supervision of volunteer artisans from India.
6. At the temple site in New Jersey, the finishing touches are being applied to the ground floor and the principal mandir, and construction is nearing completion.
7. The Mahashikhar is crowned with a golden vase known as the Kalash, which represents wholeness and excellence. The flag, or Dhaja, flies above this, symbolising victory and the triumph of good over evil.
8. The beautiful stone carvings and figurines inside Akshardham elegantly depict the enduring tradition of Indian music, dance, and performing arts. They also pay tribute to the revered sages, saints, and spiritual luminaries who have made major contributions to India and Hinduism.
9. The Guinness World Record for the largest all-encompassing Hindu temple is now held by the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India. It is part of a massive 100-acre complex.
10. The Akshardham temple in the United States is on track to outperform its prior achievements. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has built about 1,400 temples throughout India, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Kenya, South Africa, and Australia.