BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
To make a blog on BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir first you need to know the person who was actually stand behind building up the mandir.
The name of that person, rather I like to describe him as a yogi and an ascetic whose life and teachings brought a revival of central Hindu practices of dharma, ahimsa and brahmacharya, was Swaminarayan, also known as Sahajanand Swami, who is the propagator of the Swaminarayan Sampraday known previously as the Uddhav Sampraday, is a Hindu sect.
He used to propagate the teachings and philosophy of Vishishtadvaita, which originates from the Sri Sampradaya.
Swami Narayan, a great leader and had a great followers of about 1.8 million during his death. The organization not only deals with Vedic but also puritic Hinduism.
Apart from that Swami Narayan Mandir is also situated in six continents worldwide.
Now coming to the topic “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Of Kolkata”.
You might become confuse what is BAPS stands for. So BAPS is Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha is a worldwide religious and civic organization within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.
When you cross the busy road of Pailan and within next 5 km you will get awestruck by seeing such a wonderful stone curved temple at the left side of the road covering huge plot of land.
When you enter the temple you can feel a completely different climax. The temple, very neat and clean and also well maintained. The floor is made of colored tiles.
In the front of the mandir a pair of sacred footprint made of marble placed into the water which bears the spiritual and historical testimony to Bhagwan Swami Narayan’s inspiring life and work, and surrounded by small marble walls.
On the four corners of the marble wall four neatly designed Sankha is placed. Both the foot prints are carrying 16 auspicious spiritual signs of the Divines. Moreover the signs represent the presence of Swami Narayan on the Earth. The foot prints are washed by four fountain of water.
On both side of the main mandir a wide stretch of designed Courtyards. The whole courtyards, covered by roof and the roof, designed by 18 dome shape structure on each side of the courtyard. The carving as well as ornaments on column are great and an example of Indian ancient art.
Each side of the column consists of marvelous design of carving stone.
In front of each courtyard there are two pools which are paved by steps. Furthermore the arrangement of the steps of each pool have unique design which holds two temple like structure on two tiers in each corner of the pavement. And two fish like structured fountains, placed at a same difference of distance from each side of the small temple. There are total 8 numbers of fish structured fountain.
Architecture of the mandir is nicely built. The Mandir is the focal point of the complex.
Designed according to the Shilpa-Shastras, a Vedic text that develops Hindu architecture to metaphorically represent the different attributes of God, it was constructed almost entirely from Indian marble, Italian marble, Sardinian granite and Bulgarian limestone.
From the front the image of the temple what you can see is 2 pinnacles on sides, 3 pinnacles and a big semi circle pinnacle in the middle additionally with many small semi circle pinnacles. Furthermore each pinnacle holds the flag on the top. Nicely carved body of temple makes more glorifying towards the devotees.
To enter the main temple you have to climb up 30 steps. An enamel floral motif on the white shiny marble floor will surly lock your eyes for at least once. Not to mention the temple is the perfect example of the finest art. You will become astonished for its stone carved design on pillar, side walls and more prominently on the ceiling.
Ceiling is sculpt in a combination of half flower and temple alpana design what I feel after seeing the design (I don’t know the exact name of the design, if anybody knows then please let me know) along with a Wind Chime S Shape Bell and small blubs are fitted all over the ceiling which lights up during the evening and gives an amazing look to the temple.
The images, established within the temple are Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Radha-Krishna Dev in the middle along with Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahaman Gunatitanand Swami and Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj. You can also get a view of the images of Brahmaswarup Bhagatji Maharaj, Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj and Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj.
This is not the end. Now the time to get down of the temple by another set of steps, at the left side of the temple. It leads you to the another room where you can see the golden image of Shri Nilkanth Varni.
If you wish you can worshiped lord Shri Nilkanth Varni. The priests are always present there. The puja is one at a time system. You can take your time for worshiping god.
After all these when you feel really hungry “PremVati” is the perfect place to have foods which is present inside the complex. Varity of veg foods are available as well as tea and coffee. The price of the foods is also reasonable.
- The aarti takes place every day. The timings are
|Shangar Arti||7:30 am|
|Rajbhog Arti||11:15 am|
|Sandhya Art||7:15 pm|
|Shayan Arti||8:30 pm|
Murti Darshan Time:
|7: 30 am to 10:15 am|
|11:15 am to 12:00 pm|
|4:00 pm to 6:15 pm|
|7:15 pm to 8:30 pm|
- Photography/Videography – prohibited on the Mandir Complex.
- Food or drinks, smoking and pets – not allowed inside the Mandir premises.
- Additionally a strict dress code operates within the complex.
- Remove all footwear before entering any of the Mandir buildings. Shoe racks are available inside the premises with proper guard.
How to reach:
Any bus going to Pailan. Land mark IIM College.
Avail cab to avoid hectic journey.