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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mumbai

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The Three Spires and dome of the Sabha Mandap atop the temple
The Three Spires and dome of the Sabha Mandap atop the temple
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located in Mumbai
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Location within Mumbai
Coordinates:
Name
Other names: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Devanagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, मुंबई
Location
Country: India
State: Maharashtra
District: Mumbai City
Locale: Mumbai
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Laxminarayan Dev and Gaulokvihari
History
Date built:
(Current structure)
1868
Creator: Swaminarayan Sampraday

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mumbai (Gujarati: શ્રી સ્વામીનારાયણ મંદિર, મુંબઈ ) is a Hindu temple (Mandir) and a part of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. This Swaminarayan Temple is located in the Bhuleshwar area of Mumbai and is the oldest Swaminarayan Mandir in Mumbai, being over a hundred years old.[1][2]

The present Mandir has a tri - spire structure and the Murtis installed are that of Laxminarayan Dev, Ghanshyam Maharaj, Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari and Radha. It is a Shikharband Mandir and comes under the Laxminarayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal).[3] This temple is one of many in the Bhuleshwar area that led to the birth of Phool Galli (or flower market) in Bhuleshwar due to the high demand of flowers in these temples.[4]

History

On Vaishakh Shukla Ekadashi, 1868, Ranchhoddas Pranjeevandas built the first ever Shree Swaminarayan temple in Mumbai by breaking and rebuilding his own residence.[5] The deities of Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari and Radhika were instated by Acharya Maharajshri Bhagwatprasadji Maharaj.[5]

Tri-spire temple

The present tri-spire temple structure was built and the deities of Ghanshyam Maharaj and Lakshminarayan Dev instated on the occasion of Vaishakh Shukla Dwadashi, 1903 by Acharya Maharajshri Lakshmiprasadji Maharaj.[6]

Swaminarayan’s devotee, Rao Bahadur Sheth Curumsey Damjee contributed towards this temple’s reinstatement with all material, physical and intellectual resources. His close associate and friend Shree Mathurdas Vaishnav too donated Rs. 25,000/- towards this work.[5]

Structure

The Swaminarayan temple at Bhuleshwar has an elaborately carved frontage which is really a visual treat in an otherwise shaby surrounding. There are twenty five steps leading to the audience hall (Sabhamandap). There are the shrines dedicated to Ganesha and Hanuman on the left and right of the audience hall. There are three main shrines. In the shrine on the east there are idols of Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari and Radhika; the shrine at the centre has the idols of Ghanashyam Maharaj, Narayan and Laxmi; while the shrine on the west houses the resting place for deities. Over the Sabhamandap is a dome upon which are painted the scenes from the Krishnalila (Sports of Krishna). The dome is supported by fifty four pillars.[3] There is a big audience hall on the first floor where religious discourses are held regularly.

Festivals

The festivities celebrated at the temple are Ram Navami/Swaminarayan Jayanti, Janmashtami, Vaman Jayanti, Nrisinha Jayanti, Mahashivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc.[3] Apart from these, the festival of Hindola is also celebrated as part of festivities during the month of Shravan in the Indian Calendar.[7]

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See also

References

  1. ^ "Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs - Mumbai". 
  2. ^ James Mackenzie Maclean (1889). Guide to Bombay. "Bombay gazette" steam press. p. 301. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maharashtra State Gazettes, Greater Bombay District: Swaminarayan Temple Bhuleshwar". 
  4. ^ "Flower therapy".  
  5. ^ a b c "Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mumbai". 
  6. ^ "Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mumbai". 
  7. ^ "Mumbai Notes: Shravan festival celebrations".  

External links

  • Vadtal Shree LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi Website
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