Splendid Structures: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

For posts on all structures such as temples, churches and building I have come across, go here.

Prologue: A series that showcases the beautiful temples and churches I visit in my travels or I accidentally come across while taking an off-beaten path. And sometimes yes, I would include buildings and palaces too.

One of the places this temple (= Mandir) is located is in Chino Hill, California. This first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world belongs to the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) denomination of Hinduism. It also uses a solar power system to generate electricity and reduce adverse effects on the environment.

The Mandir has meticulously hand carved marble and sandstone encompassing five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 archways. It is completely etched with intricate carvings that include 6,600 hand-carved motifs depicting tales of inspiration, devotion and dedication, along with historical figures from Hinduism.

Here are a few pics with my sister-in-law around this beautiful architecture.

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