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Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha aka BAPS is an organization dedicated to the Hindu religion and belief of manifestation of God. It was established by Shastriji Maharaj on June 05, 1907. In order to spread Hinduism, there are several Akshardham temples across India. Shastriji Maharaj was a loyal devotee of Swaminarayan, who is also called Lord Vishnu. There are a total of 18 countries where BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temples are established to spread Hindu spirituality, culture, and religion. 

Significance of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS was founded by Shastriji Maharaj on June 05, 1910, after leaving Vadtal Gudi of Swaminarayan Sampraday. The first believer was Sahajsanand Swami who was Yogi and believer of Dharma, Ahimsa, and Brahmacharya. He was born as Ghanshyam Pandey in a village of Uttar Pradesh. In 1800, he joined Uddhav Sampradaya founded by Swami Ramanand (his Guru) and was also given name Sahajanand Swami. 

After the death of Swami Ramanand, he handled the Uddhav Sampraday. From that time he came to be known as Swaminarayan and the Uddhav Sampraday changed into Swaminarayan Sampraday. Being the true follower of Swaminarayan, Shastriji Maharaj founded Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha in order to pursue the preachings of Swaminarayan.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temples Across the World 

There are several Swaminarayan Temples across 18 countries and some of the prominent Swaminarayan Temples are

1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, United Kingdom

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2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto, Canada

3. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Los Angeles, United States

4. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston, United States

5. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, United States

6. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chicago, United States

7. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex in Delhi, India

8. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex in New Jersey, USA

9. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex in Gandhinagar, India

Prominent Swaminarayan Temples in India

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex in Delhi. Akshardham aka Swaminarayan Akshardham Mandir is a Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural campus which is situated at Pandav Nagar in Delhi, India. It displays the glories of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. It is inspired by Yogiji Maharaj and created by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. It was officially inaugurated on November 6 in 2005 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. There were also several big names present such as Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh, L.K Advani, and B.L Joshi.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It is similar to other Swaminarayan temples.it took almost 13 years for building. It was first inaugurated on October 30 in 1992. The temple is spread over 23 acres. It is built from 6000 metric tonnes of pink sandstone from Rajasthan. 

What’s Common in all Swaminarayan Temples?

Garbhagriha. The Garbhagriha or inner sanctum is the prime place or home to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his divine successors. It is a mindful experience one can take.  

Exhibitions. For some, getting back to the ancient era is fascinating and exhibitions like Neel Kanth & Sahajanand, Parmanand takes you to another level of spirituality.

Abhishek Mandapam. It is the devotion to the Neel Kanth that is done by offering holy water to this form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Gardens. The magnificent gardens of Akshardham are designed and structured immensely to assign in the divine atmosphere.

Things to do in and Around BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple

For shopaholics. Delhi and Gandhinagar both are popular places for shopping. There are several renowned clothing markets in Delhi that are famous for trending clothes. when it comes to exploring Gandhinagar, the place is known for traditional Gujarati dresses for men, women, and kids. 

Food Joints. Many restaurants provide regional cuisines that comprise different dishes ranging from Dhokla to a complete Gujarati Thali in Gandhinagar. Delhi is another hub of food joints that provide a host of cuisines right from Indian to Continental. 

Best Time to Visit BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple 

The official timings are

Tuesday to Sunday
First Entry: 9:30 am
Last Entry: 7:30pm
Closed on Mondays

How to Reach BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple

By Air. If you want to visit the Akshardham temple of Delhi, then, the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport which is well-connected to major metropolitan cities of India and overseas. The Akshardham Mandir is just 29 kilometres which will take around 1 hour to reach. Also, if you want to visit the Akshardham Temple of Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar Airport in Nashik, Maharashtra. 

By Rail. The nearest railway stations of Akshardham Temple Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station( 3.8 miles)and Anand Vihar Railway Station( 5 miles). If you want to reach Akshardham Temple Gandhinagar, the nearest railway station is Gandhinagar Railway Station. 

By Road. Delhi and capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar both have got great road connectivity. 

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