BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
#9 of 20 Places to Visit in Rajkot
Distance (From Rajkot Junction): 4 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: On Kalawad Road
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 4 km from Rajkot Junction, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in Rajkot city of Gujarat. Located on Kalawad Road, it is one of the most celebrated temples in Gujarat and among the must visit places in Rajkot.
Built in 1998 by Swaminarayan Sampradaya, the temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It follows the Swaminarayan Sampradaya founded by Bhagwan Swaminarayan and belongs to the Vaishnav tradition. The temple has been built according to the Ancient Vedic Shilpa Shastra techniques and no contemporary building material is used in the construction. The temple has been built out of Ambaji marble, Makrana marble and Udaipur pink marbles. The pink stone used for construction has been brought from Bansipahadpur in Rajasthan and is similar to the stone used in Akshardham at Gandhinagar.
The Mandir consists of three shrines. The first shrine has an idol of Harikrishna Maharaj which is a Panchdhatu murti, made from an alloy composed of five metals. Besides, there are idols of Lord Krishna and Radha made in marble. The central shrine in the temple has marble idols of Lord Swaminarayan, Mul Akshar Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalananda Swami while the third shrine houses the marble idol of Ghanshyam Maharaj. One can also see the idols of Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, and Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the temple premises.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a socio-spiritual organization and welcomes the visitors of all faiths. All festivals belonging to the different religions are celebrated here with a great zeal that makes it a place that can be visited throughout the year. Also, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Rajkot is renowned worldwide for its social work and humanitarian services and also runs a charitable trust that helps people in natural calamities, all over the world.
Timings: 7.30 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 8.15 PM