Shri Swaminarayan Temple / BAPS Mandir
At a distance of 4 km from Junagadh Junction, Shree Swaminarayan Temple is a revered Hindu temple situated at Dipanjali locality of Junagadh. It is one of the important BAPS Mandirs in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Junagadh.
Located on Jawahar Road, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan - a Hindu saint, yogi, ascetic and the founder of Swaminarayan Sampraday. This temple was ordered to be built by Lord Swaminarayan himself, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The land for this temple was gifted by Jinabhai, Darbar of Panchala of King Hemant Singh. The foundation stone for the temple was laid by Gunatitanand Swami in 1826 AD while the construction of this temple was supervised by Brahmanand Swami.
On May 1, 1828 AD, Swaminarayan himself installed Shri Ranchhodrai and Trikamrai in the inner sanctum, Radharaman Dev and Harikrishna Maharaj in the eastern wing and Siddheswar Mahadev, Parvati, Ganesha and Nandishwar in the western side. The Mughal Subba Bahadur Khan paid a personal visit to the place on this occasion. Swaminarayan appointed Gunatitanand Swami as the first mahant, who served in this role for over 40 years.
The Swaminarayan temple has a circumference on 278 feet and has a great architecture with 5 spires and many sculptures. The mandir was built with pink stone of Rajasthan. The ambience of the Mandir is very serene and peaceful, surrounded by trees and lush greenery and hills adds to the divinity of the Temple. For spiritual individuals who are ardent in following and praying in front of God, this place is nothing short of a heavenly bliss.
Timings: 7.30 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 8.15 PM